An Expert Seminar To Tackle Human Rights Challenges Related to the Use of Less-Lethal Weapons

Persons at a desk and typing on their computer Persons at a desk and typing on their computer

Our annual seminar, held in the context of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on current human rights challenges related to the use of force, will discuss the use of less-lethal weapons (LLW) in the context of law enforcement, management of assemblies and crowd control.

During two days, around 40 participants – academics, law enforcement experts from different regional and legal backgrounds, medical experts dealing with the negative effects of LLW, representatives from international organizations and civil society – will discuss a draft document to guide practice concerning the use of LLW and other equipment in law enforcement.

This document has been drafted by a working group of academics made of leading academics, law enforcement experts and practitioners and representatives from international organizations and civil society.

‘Our hope is that this document, once finalized, will build on, and in no way challenge or update, the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials’ underlines Kamelia Kemileva, Executive Manager at the Geneva Academy.

‘This annual seminar allows us to identify and discuss topical issues and challenges related to the use of force and how these are addressed by the UN Human Rights Council or the UN Human Rights Committee’ stresses Kamelia Kemileva.

Next steps will include a revised draft after the meeting that will integrate comments from participants and a follow-up meeting before the end of 2018.

About the Geneva Human Rights Platform and Its Focus on Use of Force

The Geneva Human Rights Platform (HRP) provides a dynamic forum in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights – experts, practitioners, diplomats and civil society – to discuss and debate topical issues and challenges. Relying on academic research and findings, it enables various actors to become better connected, break down silos and, hence, advance human rights.

The HRP fosters interactions and discussions on topical issues and challenges through regular events, conferences, expert roundtables and private meetings. It informs ongoing processes via solid academic research and publications.

The HRP notably focuses on the use of force in relation to law enforcement, management of assemblies, crowd control, the right to life or the use of specific security devices and how these issues are addressed at the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights Committee or at the Conference on Disarmament.

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

A desk with books and publications News

Leading Academics Will Address the Use of Less-Lethal Weapons for Law Enforcement Purpose

5 March 2018

Leading academics, law enforcement experts and practitioners from different regions and legal backgrounds, and representatives from international organizations and civil society will join an academic working group to discuss use of force challenges in different contexts.

Read more

Portrait of Giles Duley News

Photographer Giles Duley Joins our Project on Disability and Armed Conflict

19 September 2017

Giles Duley will travel to five case study states – Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, Ukraine and Vietnam – to document and tell the stories of persons with disabilities during and following armed conflict.

Read more

Hands typing on a laptop Event

The Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Online

11-12 October 2018

A Geneva Human Rights Platform consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, civil society representatives and academics.

Read more

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Walikale, people walk on a street during th 2011 presidential elections. Event

Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals

26 September 2018, 18:30-20:00

This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am

Read more

Syria,  Aleppo, great Umayyad mosque. Destructions. Short Course

The Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

25 January - 22 February 2019

This course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.

Read more

General view of the room XX and delegates during of the High Level Segment of the 31st Session at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016 Short Course

Optimizing the Human Rights Council: At the Interplay Between Law and Politics

23 January - 1 February 2019

This course focuses on the functioning and the mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as on the dynamics at play in this major human rights body.

Read more

doption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the UN General Assembly, 2 April 2013 Project

The Arms Trade Treaty

Completed in January 2013

The Geneva Academy team followed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations and provided key information on the negotiations, notably via a daily blog.

Read more

Royal Marines on counterpiracy operations near Somalia Project

Counterpiracy under International Law

Completed in

This project conducted legal research into modern forms of piracy and the international community’s response to it, through naval patrols and the use of private security personnel.

Read more