28 April 2021, 14:00-15:30
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This year, the UN Human Rights Council celebrates its 15th anniversary. Although the body remains one of the principal institutions tasked with universal protection and promotion of human rights, its role and activities are much less known to the wider public. The media's reports on its work often focus on the clashes between different visions of human rights protection standards of the Western and developing states, and the criticism of the Council sometimes prevails over rational assessment. That is why a debate on its current state and the future of the UN human rights protection system remains vital.
The event – co-organized with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland – aims at making the audience more familiar with the Council’s membership and internal dynamics, as well as selected mechanisms, such as UN Special Procedures. It will demonstrate the continuous pertinence of the body and dissipate the possible wrong impressions about its work. Since Poland is currently one of the members of the Council, the event will also shed a light on the involvement of Polish diplomacy and experts in the work of the body.
This online event will be livestreamed on PISM YouTube Channel.
Dr Amna Nazir is a Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University. She also holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law. 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.
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Applications will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, aims at presenting the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law.
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.