Our new publication addresses the handling of individual communications, tackles efficiency questions related to this procedure and outlines a series of key recommendations to improve the system, including the creation of a registry to provide substantive legal support to United Nations treaty bodies.
Our submission for the upcoming report of the United Nations Secretary-General – the final official input into the intergovernmental debate on the 2020 treaty body review – summarizes the recommendations entailed in our publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System.
The Geneva Academy developed a new tool, the ‘Treaty Body Scheduler’, which allows planning, in the context of a consolidated report and clustered dialogue, the best schedules for treaty bodies sessions.
In 2020, the General Assembly will review its 2014 resolution on strengthening the treaty body system. To prepare for that review, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights has launched an academic research project to look at options for reform and long-term sustainability of the treaty body system. The academic process is open to all relevant stakeholders, and I encourage all the academics in this audience to become involved. This is a key opportunity to help define the future of the Covenants and the treaty body system
The project started in 2015 and will be completed in 2017. Discover its timeframe and key milestones.
Find all the documents of the project: background paper, concept note, suggested research questions, as well as reports of regional consultations and annual conferences.
Selected contributions by academics and academic institutions in relation to the review of UN treaty bodies.
To allow the broadest possible participation of all stakeholders, we invite input to this research project until the end of September 2017.
Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.
Felix Kirchmeier oversees the conceptualization, development and implementation of policy research at the Geneva Academy. He is also the Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
As Special Projects Manager, Kamelia Kemileva coordinates projects of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
His doctoral project focuses on causal mechanisms related to National Human Rights Institutions engagement with the UN Human Rights treaty body system.
Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, international human rights, the history of human rights, migration and the UN treaty body system.
Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, the United Nations Human Rights machinery and refugee law.