Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
During one week, 14 academics from five countries deepened their knowledge and expertise of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
Through a series of workshops, practical exercises, discussions with leading experts and direct observation of the Universal Periodic Review process and the work of UN treaty bodies, participants acquired a rare insight into the functioning of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms.
‘One of the core objectives of this training is to provide participants with the tools to link theory with practice and to fully grasp with the political and legal nature of these mechanisms’ underlines Kamelia Kemileva, Executive Manager at the Geneva Academy. ‘It is the second year we co-organize this training with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and I am always impressed by the level of discussions and exchanges between participants, experts and practitioners she adds.
The discussion notably showcased experiences and best practices, highlighted that a detailed analysis of how corruption violates human rights is lacking, and analysed a human rights-based approach to fight corruption. Panelists also stressed the need for more precise definitions and methodological approaches to counter human rights violations linked to acts of corruption.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform provides a dynamic forum in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights – experts, practitioners, diplomats and civil society – to discuss and debate topical issues and challenges. Relying on academic research and findings, it aims at enabling various actors to become better connected, break down silos and, hence, advance human rights.
This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am
As the second in a series of talks on IHL brought to you by the UN Library Geneva in collaboration with the Geneva Academy, this Library Talk will explore the application of IHL to contemporary conflicts as related to armed non-state actors.
This course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
Sandra Pointet / Geneva Academy
The digital age offers unique opportunities to strengthen human rights implementation and monitoring and has transformed the means through which human rights are exercised. Equally, the digital age poses unique challenges in ensuring that states and businesses respect and protect our rights in the digital forum. The full extent of the human rights implications of the digital age remain unknown.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.