21 November 2016
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.
The reports of the consultations will be published shortly.
The regional consultation for Eastern Europe took place in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 18–19 November 2016. Hosted by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, it brought together academic institutions and academics from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society. Participants discussed many aspects of the treaty body system including its currents strengths and deficiencies.
The regional consultation for Central and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean took place in San José, Costa Rica, from 19–20 November 2016. Hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, the Inter-American Social Responsibility and Human Rights Institute, and the Columbia University, it brought together academics and experts from the region, as well as observers from governments and civil society.
Tania Bonilla Matiz is a Professional Advisor at Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace. She tells us about the programme and what it brought to her career.
In this interview, Melina Fidelis-Tzourou, who is enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
To kick-start discussions at the UN about the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, this expert seminar will consider the growing recognition of this right and will answer the question: is it time for universal recognition at UN-level?
From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.
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.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.