Professor Yuval Shany is the New Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

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5 July 2018

Professor Yuval Shany has been elected to chair the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its state parties. He has been a member of this Committee since 2013.

Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches human rights in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM).

‘For the 2018-2019 academic year, Yuval Shany will teach a 10 hours module in the LLM core course on international human rights law. He will notably address international human rights law in armed conflicts, including the applicability of human rights in occupied territories’ says Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy.

‘We’re very pleased to have him within our Faculty, as he not only brings his strong expertise in international humanitarian and human rights law, but also his practical experience in dealing with concrete cases and situations in a major human rights body’ adds Robert Roth.

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