Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
25 May 2018
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.
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ILO/ Thierry Falise
In this panel discussion, representatives from states, businesses and civil society will share their views and responses on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ Gender Framework and Guidance.
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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 training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms. The 2019 edition will dedicate special attention to plastic pollution.
UN Photo / Pierre Albouy
This project, launched in 2016, examines different concepts of universality, maps contemporary challenges to the principle of HR universality in the context of specific themes covered by the HRC and discusses the role of the HRC in the promotion and protection of universally guaranteed HR.
This research project, aims via the drafting of a practitioners’ guide on human rights and countering corruption, to clarify the conceptual relationship between human rights, good governance and anticorruption, demonstrate the negative impact of corruption on human rights and provide guidance and make practical recommendations for effectively using the UN human rights system in anti-corruption efforts.