The universal recognition of human rights has been often criticized for disregarding the reality and wealth of cultural diversity and the multiple interpretations of humanity and of basic needs.
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.
Panelists will debate on the necessity to reaffirm the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments, and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change in order to ‘save’ the current human rights regime.
This event is organised in partnership with the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.
You need to register to attend this event via the online form on the Graduate Institute's website.
Tram 15, tram stop Butini
Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Perle du Lac
Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info[at]geneva-academy.ch
On 10-11 December 2019, members of United Nations treaty bodies, as well as representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Geneva Academy discussed the so-called simplified reporting procedure.
Our new publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System outlines a series of recommendations related to the functioning of United Nations treaty bodies, considered a cornerstone of universal human rights protection.
A l’occasion de la sortie de deux ouvrages récents sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels, leurs auteurs aborderont les défis liés au respect et à la promotion de ces droits.
This public conference will discuss the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants in Europe and its contribution to the SDGs and the UN Decade of Family Farming.
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.
This short course provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to both substantive human rights law as well as the functioning of international mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
© ILO/ Joydeep Mukherjee
This project aims to support the UN working group’s consultation process and thus contribute the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality in relation to the business sector via research on international human rights law and policy related to gender equality guarantees and their application to business activities, and the organization of a global conference in Geneva.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy