Professor Yuval Shany has been elected to chair the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its state parties. He has been a member of this Committee since 2013.
Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches human rights in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM).
‘For the 2018-2019 academic year, Yuval Shany will teach a 10 hours module in the LLM core course on international human rights law. He will notably address international human rights law in armed conflicts, including the applicability of human rights in occupied territories’ says Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘We’re very pleased to have him within our Faculty, as he not only brings his strong expertise in international humanitarian and human rights law, but also his practical experience in dealing with concrete cases and situations in a major human rights body’ adds Robert Roth.
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On 29–30 May 2018, our Manager of Policy Studies, Felix Kirchmeier, presented our publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System in New York to the Chairpersons of United Nations treaty bodies, diplomats and civil society representatives.
During an expert seminar UN Special Procedures, members of UN treaty bodies, staff from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as representatives from civil society and the Swiss Government discussed the role that UN human rights mechanisms play in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals that seek to realize economic, social and cultural rights.
This conference in Berlin will discuss the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today.
A Geneva Human Rights Platform consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, civil society representatives and academics.
This course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
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This course focuses on the functioning and the mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as on the dynamics at play in this major human rights body.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.
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.