Event information

23 March 2016, 18:30-20:00

The right to life: current trends and challenges - The perspective of the Human Rights Committee


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What are the key challenges to the right to life during armed conflicts, emergencies and disasters? How does it apply? What protection does it afford in those situations? The Human Rights Committee is updating its General Comment on the right to life, ensuring it is in line with the new developments and challenges inherent in new emerging situations of conflict, emergency and disaster. During the debate, the speakers, both members of the Committee, will share their views, interpretations and understanding of the right to life and its protection.


  • Professor Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Co-Director of the Columbia University Faculty of Law and Member of the Human Rights Committee.
  • Professor Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterbach Chair, Dean of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law Faculty and Member of the Human Rights Committee.


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