Domenico Zipoli

Domenico Zipoli

Research Fellow and Project Coordinator

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  UN Human Rights Mechanisms  /  Public International Law  /  Global Administrative Law  /  Transnational Law  /  National Human Rights Institutions  /  UN Treaty Bodies

Dr Domenico Zipoli is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy and a Project Coordinator at the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

His research focuses on the question of connectivity among international human rights mechanisms and on national strategies for monitoring, implementation and follow-up of international human rights obligations and recommendations. He is currently leading a research project aimed at gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the structure and functioning of different National Human Rights Systems.

Dr Zipoli is also a Project Coordinator at the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP), providing expert input to different Geneva-based international organizations and permanent missions as well as coordinating the organization and development of GHRP projects, events, workshops and training courses.

Prior to starting at the Geneva Academy, Dr. Zipoli worked as PhD Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He successfully defended his doctoral thesis in 2021 (‘The Power of Engagement: Assessing the Effectiveness of Cooperation between United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions’). He previously worked as Research Assistant for the Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, as Research Trainee at the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, and as a research assistant at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Throughout his research, he also carried out visiting stays at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Australian Institute for Human Rights (Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales) as well as internships at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division) and two National Human Rights Institutions (the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia and the Defensoria del Pueblo of Ecuador).

Dr Zipoli holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oslo, a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law from Lund University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Exeter.

Past projects

RESEARCH

The Role of National Human Rights Systems in the Implementation of International Human Rights Standards and Recommendations

Completed in 31 December 2021

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Publications

Cover page of the Briefing

National Human Rights Strategies: The Role of National Human Rights Systems in the Implementation of International Human Rights Standards

January 2021

Domenico Zipoli

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; The International Land Coalition

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Cover of the publication

Beyond the 2020 Treaty Body Review: The Role of National Human Rights Systems

June 2020

Domenico Zipoli

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Cover page of the publication

Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System

May 2018

Domenico Zipoli, Felix Kirchmeier, Kamelia Kemileva, Claire Callejon

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Team

Felix Kirchmeier

Manager of Policy Studies and Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Domenico Zipoli

Research Fellow and Project Coordinator

Chloé Naret

Project Assistant, Geneva Human Rights Platform

Nathalie Mivelaz Tirabosco

Communication Manager

Tatiana Avanthay

Communication Officer

Human Rights Platforms

Develops Connections

The GHRP creates new opportunities for all stakeholders in the field of human rights in and outside Geneva to meet, exchange information and debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system.

Delegations at the UN Human Rights Council

Reflects on Functioning

As a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, the GHRP supports the international community to engineer solutions to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies, allowing them to address human rights challenges effectively.

View of the UN Human Rights Committee during a meeting

Builds Capacity

Via training courses, targeted research and publications, briefings for diplomats and expert roundtables, the GHRP supports the international community to engage more effectively with the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies.