23 February 2021
We are launching a monthly newsletter for the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) in order to keep our audience informed about the activities of the platform, upcoming events and key human rights discussions in Geneva and beyond.
‘This newsletter will be of interest to anyone following key multilateral discussions related to the promotion and protection of human rights – and in particular the development of the institutional fabric of the UN’s human rights protection system. We are thus addressing diplomats in Geneva and New York, human rights experts, members of UN treaty bodies, UN Special Procedures, the staff at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, civil society representatives, and academics’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
The first edition will be sent on Thursday 18 March 2021.
‘Anyone can subscribe to this newsletter via a form on our website. We are also open to suggestions and inputs, notably for a section which goes beyond our own activities and will present ongoing discussions to follow’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) provides a neutral and dynamic forum of interaction in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights to debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system. Relying on academic research and findings, it works to enable various actors to be better connected, break silos, and, hence, advance human rights.
As a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, the GHRP supports the international community to engineer solutions to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies, allowing them to address human rights challenges effectively.
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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.
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).
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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.
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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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.