20 December 2019
The Treaty Body Members Platform, an initiative of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, connects experts in United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.
‘This initiative facilitates collaboration across the various UN TBs, which is needed regarding both thematic issues and organizational ones’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘It also allows members of UN TBs to discuss issues of common concern with other actors – human rights ones and others – who work on the same subjects but often never discuss their respective approaches, as well as possible synergies and collaborations’ he adds.
In 2019, the meetings hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform allowed peer exchanges among UN TBs experts and other Geneva-based actors on issues like the rights of the child, corruption, the 2020 review of UN TBs, missing persons, trafficking and prostitution, as well as individual complaints.
‘This initiative, which started back in 2014, managed to become a reference for UN TBs who want to discuss issues of common concern or exchange with other actors on specific thematic subjects. This year also allowed us to go beyond organizing meetings for UN TBs and start working with UN Special Procedures’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
We have been conducting research for more than 10 years on armed non-State actors, and continue to do so via two leading projects.
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Professor Gabriella Citroni – who is part of our LLM Faculty – has been elected to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
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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 short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
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.
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.
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