What Are Non-Judicial Redress Mechanisms?

We adopt a broad definition of non-judicial redress mechanisms, namely, those that lie in the space between voluntary and legally binding mechanisms. Typically this means that:

This focus reflects several considerations:

  • Compared with political campaigns, voluntary business schemes and formal legal mechanisms, non-judicial mechanisms are under-researched and poorly understood
  • Non-judicial mechanisms (such as CORE’s proposed Commission) form the focus of several partners’ planned advocacy and policy work.

Although our primary focus of analysis s on this category of non-judicial redress mechanisms, this does not imply an exclusive empirical focus on non-judicial systems. In order to understand how non-judicial redress mechanisms work, it is important to examine their interactions with both voluntary and legal mechanisms of regulation and redress.  Our empirical research will therefore encompass examination of voluntary and legal systems, to the extent that they interact with non-judicial mechanisms in the case studies we examine.