5 February 2021
Dr Amna Nazir is a Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, in the United Kingdom, and holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s renowned Program in Islamic Law. Her research and teaching expertise lies in international human rights law and Islamic law, with a particular focus on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism. She has engaged in consultancy work with government officials and NGOs and continues to provide expert submissions in the UN arena.
She just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy, working remotely from Birmingham, and will stay with us until the end of March 2021.
The Geneva Academy’s global network of leading researchers alongside its close interactions with international organizations, civil society, governments and the private sector has been the key factor in undertaking a fellowship here. It is a unique opportunity to engage with academics and professionals in my field and gain unrivalled feedback on my work.
A number of OIC states are regularly scrutinized for their inadequate protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief with some states criminalising certain acts such as apostasy. These states must be urged to uphold this fundamental human right, without discrimination, in accordance to their international human rights obligations. One such way is through the UN Human Rights Council’s innovative mechanism, the UPR, which evaluates the human rights commitments of all Member States.
The aim of this research is twofold. First, to contribute to the evolving scholarship in this area and, second, to inform policymaking. It is hoped the research will influence the work of all actors involved in promoting freedom of religion or belief at both the domestic and international level. In particular, stakeholder submissions to the UPR of an OIC state can utilize findings of this research project to strengthen their submissions.
I hope to share my ideas and theories to world-leading experts at the Geneva Academy and gain valuable insight and feedback. Potential collaboration with Geneva Academy would also be a very welcome result.
In our new Working Paper The United Nations Treaty Bodies in a Transition Period – Progress Review, Professor Olivier de Frouville shares his own views on the work of UN treaty bodies during the period running from March to December 2020.
After passing the first round and qualifying for the competition’s final stage, Anh-Thu Vo and Bettina Roska – enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law – participated in the oral rounds of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court.
The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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).
The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local level.
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.
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