The Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, hosted by the Geneva Academy, just held its fourth regional consultation, which took place on 20–21 July in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hosted by Strathmore University Law School together with the Universities of Nairobi and Pretoria, the regional consultation for Africa gathered academics, civil society and persons involved in treaty bodies and African (or regional) human rights mechanisms to discuss their views on the 2020 Treaty Body Review as initiated in 2014 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Participants notably discussed the complementarity of treaty bodies with the African human rights mechanisms, as well as ways to maximize the effectiveness of treaty bodies' activity and to increase their accessibility in the region.
The Geneva Academy is now looking forward to the remaining regional consultations of the Academic Platform, which will take place in Amman from 21 to 22 August 2017 and New Delhi from 6 to 7 October 2017.
Our new publication examines how the right to life is affected by law enforcement agencies’ use of force and identifies how the HRC could further promote respect for international standards governing policing.
Jointly with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Dr Agnes Callamard, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Geneva Academy organized an Expert Meeting on a ‘Gender Sensitive Approach to Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings’.
This side-event at the UN Human Rights Council will discuss the applicability of existing human rights instruments to activities in cyber-space.
Michael Sfard, the most prominent Israeli human rights lawyer and author of the book ‘The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine and the Legal Battle for Human Rights’, will address the current situation of human rights defenders in Israel.
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.
This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights (HR) and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing HR mechanisms.
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The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.
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This project, launched in 2016, examines different concepts of universality, maps contemporary challenges to the principle of HR universality in the context of specific themes covered by the HRC and discusses the role of the HRC in the promotion and protection of universally guaranteed HR.