Access to Justice in the United Nations Human Rights Committee

This article uses the United Nations Human Rights Committee as a case study for the success of the of individual communications system in international law. The article uses a mixed methods empirical research strategy in order to describe and evaluate the access to justice in the context of the Committee. I find that most of the communications to the Committee come from democratic and socio-economically developed countries. The main problems with the accessibility of the Committee are lack of awareness to its existence, fear from state retribution, budgetary problems within the UN, and lack of implementation by states. However, the process is generally perceived as fair, and the Committee is accessible to certain degree even to applicants without legal representation. Finally, the article also discusses what could be done in order to make the system more accessible to people from all over the world.