This chapter advocates a process called “triage” for resource allocation that requires investing more heavily in areas where the evidence indicates that human rights promotion is most likely to work. It argues that the universality of human rights norms, which are the bedrock of the international human rights legal system and the core idea of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is not a tenable guide for the most effective implementation of human rights norms. It explains why human rights is a matter of national interest and how assessments of leverage impact human rights. It shows how triage can help stewards in the area of international legal reform and concludes by outlining steps that could transform the process through which government stewards work to protect human rights and increase the returns on international promotion efforts for human rights protection.
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