21 November 2016
In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, an academic process contributing to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the General Assembly, we held two regional consultations, for Eastern Europe and Latin America.
The reports of the consultations will be published shortly.
The regional consultation for Eastern Europe took place in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 18–19 November 2016. Hosted by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, it brought together academic institutions and academics from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society. Participants discussed many aspects of the treaty body system including its currents strengths and deficiencies.
The regional consultation for Central and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean took place in San José, Costa Rica, from 19–20 November 2016. Hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, the Inter-American Social Responsibility and Human Rights Institute, and the Columbia University, it brought together academics and experts from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society.
Professor Claudia Martin just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy and will stay with us until the end of July. She tells us in this interview the focus of her research during her time at the Geneva Academy.
Our new Research Brief The Evolving Neurotechnology Landscape: Examining the Role and Importance of Human Rights in Regulation provides a comprehensive background analysis on the complexities of regulating neurotechnology and the role of human rights in this process and marks the inception of our research project on neurotechnology and human rights.
This discussion will look into election processes for UN TBs, the impact of Feminist Foreign Policy on this process, what can we learn from fellow international mechanisms, as well as the inclusion of a vetting process.
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
This executive course, tailored for Geneva-based diplomats and co-organized with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, addresses the negotiation practices at the multilateral level, by taking the UN Human Rights Council as an example of formal and informal negotiation and decision-making processes by an international intergovernmental body.
This training course will examine how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been utilized to advance the concept of business respect for human rights throughout the UN system, the impact of the Guiding Principles on other international organizations, as well as the impact of standards and guidance developed by these different bodies.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.
This project addresses the human rights implications stemming from the development of neurotechnology for commercial, non-therapeutic ends, and is based on a partnership between the Geneva Academy, the Geneva University Neurocentre and the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.