17-18 October 2018
This seminar, co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo, will address the role which domestic human rights actors play within the United Nations (UN) human rights treaty body (TB) system.
Building on the various national stakeholders’ experiences in interacting with the system, the conference focused on the changes potentially brought about by the 2020 review of the system.
Ministerial representatives, independent state institutions (National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudspersons) and civil society organizations will share their experiences and discuss how to build a more effective United Nations UN human rights TB system for all stakeholders.
The first panel will address ways in which independent state institutions can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of TB recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing TB procedures, coordinating institutional structures within the State apparatus and amongst independent State institutions.
The second panel will focus on the ways in which civil society organizations can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of TB recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing TB procedures and civil society organizations.
UN Photo by Violaine Martin
Our new Working Paper Towards Transversal Standards to Evaluate the Impact of UN Special Procedures discusses the impact of UN Special Procedures, reviews progress made to measure it, and proposes avenues to improve this assessment.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
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.