Current Human Rights Challenges

Started in January 2015

Via annual expert seminars, this project discusses and identifies current human rights challenges. It aims at creating a platform allowing leading academics, experts, diplomats and practitioners who work on human rights at national, regional and international levels to exchange around these issues.

Topics are selected on the basis of an identified need for expert discussion and clarification.

TEAM

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Christof Heyns

Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria

Christof Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.

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Kamelia Kemileva

Executive Manager

Kamelia Kemileva is Executive Manager of the Geneva Academy and Co-Coordinator of the Geneva Academy research project Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020. She is also a visiting programme director at Wilton Park.

OUTPUT

The Right to Life

In 2016, the project focussed on the current challenges and opportunities in relation to the right to life, as well as some of the cutting-edge developments in the field.

In the annual expert seminar, co-organized with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, leading experts, diplomats, human rights and humanitarian practitioners addressed key issues related to the right to life such as regulation in armed conflict situations and in the context of law enforcement, the role of investigations, new weapon technologies, mandatory death-penalty and the responsibility of non-state actors.

The Geneva Academy In-Brief Use of Force in Law Enforcement and the Right to Life: The Role of the Human Rights Council draws from the discussions of the 2016 expert seminar. It examines how the right to life is affected by law enforcement agencies’ use of force and identifies how the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) could further promote respect for international standards governing policing.

The publication also served as a background to the 2017 expert seminar which will focus on the rights potentially affected by the use of force in law enforcement, in particular during the policing of assemblies.

Publications

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In-Brief N°. 6: Use of Force in Law Enforcement and the Right to Life: The Role of the Human Rights Council

November 2016

Stuart Casey-Maslen

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Briefing N°5: Facilitating Peaceful Protests

January 2014

Stuart Casey-Maslen, Milena Costas Trascasas

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Expert Meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

April 2017

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’.

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Use of Force in Law Enforcement and the Right to Life: The Role of the UN Human Rights Council

November 2016

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.

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Completed in January 2013

This project aimed to identify best practices in facilitating and enhancing states’ fulfilment of international rules and standards related to police use of force.

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Human Rights in the Digital Age

Started in January 2014

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; we are undertaking research to explore these implications.

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