13-17 November 2018
Chaired by Micheline Calmy-Rey, former President of the Swiss Confederation and visiting professor at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, the Human Rights Week is organized in collaboration with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Geneva Academy.
The 2018 edition will notably focus on the protection of human rights in the digital age.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will discuss the complex daily challenges the world is facing in a public lecture on ‘Human rights in a new era’, on Wednesday, 14 November.
The lecture will be preceded on Tuesday, 13 November by an opening roundtable on ‘Being a Human Rights Defender in 2018’
This year’s edition also includes:
You can find here the programme of Human Rights Week.
Our Director, Professor Marco Sassòli, will chair a panel on 15 November at 11:00 am on the challenges of cybersecurity for human rights.
At a meeting in Paris, members of United Nations (UN) human rights treaty bodies as well as staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, staff from regional human rights courts and academics discussed UN TBs individual communication procedures.
In this ground-breaking commentary, conducted under the auspices of the Geneva Academy, over sixty international law experts investigate the application of the Geneva Conventions and explain how they should be interpreted today.
ILO/ Thierry Falise
In this panel discussion, representatives from states, businesses and civil society will share their views and responses on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ Gender Framework and Guidance.
Moving beyond the philosophical question of whether anything can be apprehended as universal in our multicultural world, this panel discussion will focus on the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the multiplication of new rights.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national 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.
Sandra Pointet / Geneva Academy
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.