American Journal of International Law
The ratification of international human rights treaties is critical to the worldwide observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United Nations General Assembly and Commission on Human Rights have repeatedly emphasized the importance of ratification and have frequently encouraged states to ratify the relevant international instruments. Despite these efforts, acceptance of human rights treaties has been uneven. A considerable number of states have failed to ratify.
David Weissbrodt, A New United Nations Mechanism for Encouraging the Ratification of Treaties, 76 Am. J. Int'l L. 418 (1982), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/227.