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.
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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The Geneva Academy is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Professor Christof Heyns. He was an incredible force of inspiration for all of us at the Geneva Academy – students, researchers and professors.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This online event – co-organized with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland – will discuss the Council’s membership and internal dynamics, as well as selected mechanisms.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, aims at presenting the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law.
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.
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The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.