Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
During one week, 14 academics from five countries deepened their knowledge and expertise of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
Through a series of workshops, practical exercises, discussions with leading experts and direct observation of the Universal Periodic Review process and the work of UN treaty bodies, participants acquired a rare insight into the functioning of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms.
‘One of the core objectives of this training is to provide participants with the tools to link theory with practice and to fully grasp with the political and legal nature of these mechanisms’ underlines Kamelia Kemileva, Executive Manager at the Geneva Academy. ‘It is the second year we co-organize this training with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and I am always impressed by the level of discussions and exchanges between participants, experts and practitioners she adds.
In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, an academic process contributing to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the General Assembly, we held two regional consultations, for Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Our Senior Researcher Alice Priddy led last week a series of workshops in Gaza and the occupied West Bank concerning the protection of persons with disabilities living in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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.