5 February 2021
Dr Amna Nazir is a Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, in the United Kingdom, and holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s renowned Program in Islamic Law. Her research and teaching expertise lies in international human rights law and Islamic law, with a particular focus on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism. She has engaged in consultancy work with government officials and NGOs and continues to provide expert submissions in the UN arena.
She just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy, working remotely from Birmingham, and will stay with us until the end of March 2021.
The Geneva Academy’s global network of leading researchers alongside its close interactions with international organizations, civil society, governments and the private sector has been the key factor in undertaking a fellowship here. It is a unique opportunity to engage with academics and professionals in my field and gain unrivalled feedback on my work.
A number of OIC states are regularly scrutinized for their inadequate protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief with some states criminalising certain acts such as apostasy. These states must be urged to uphold this fundamental human right, without discrimination, in accordance to their international human rights obligations. One such way is through the UN Human Rights Council’s innovative mechanism, the UPR, which evaluates the human rights commitments of all Member States.
The aim of this research is twofold. First, to contribute to the evolving scholarship in this area and, second, to inform policymaking. It is hoped the research will influence the work of all actors involved in promoting freedom of religion or belief at both the domestic and international level. In particular, stakeholder submissions to the UPR of an OIC state can utilize findings of this research project to strengthen their submissions.
I hope to share my ideas and theories to world-leading experts at the Geneva Academy and gain valuable insight and feedback. Potential collaboration with Geneva Academy would also be a very welcome result.
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In 2021, the Geneva Human Rights Platform developed and launched a new online tool for all UN treaty body members to interact online as a community of practice, consult each other, collaborate on tasks, connect to share news and information, and contribute material to a resource library
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The Geneva Human Rights Platform team will be travelling to New York to host a side event on ‘Implementing the Treaty Body Review 2020 – where do we stand’.
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This online bilingual workshop, held in English and Italian, aims to raise awareness about the upcoming changes to the European Union (EU) seed marketing legislation and what this reform means in the Italian context.
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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 research aims at taking stock of and contributing to a better understanding of the above-mentioned challenges to the principle of universality of human rights while also questioning their validity. It will identify relevant political and legal arguments and develop counter-narratives that could be instrumental to dealing with and/or overcoming the polarization of negotiations processes at the multilateral level.
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