The Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, hosted by the Geneva Academy, just held its fourth regional consultation, which took place on 20–21 July in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hosted by Strathmore University Law School together with the Universities of Nairobi and Pretoria, the regional consultation for Africa gathered academics, civil society and persons involved in treaty bodies and African (or regional) human rights mechanisms to discuss their views on the 2020 Treaty Body Review as initiated in 2014 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Participants notably discussed the complementarity of treaty bodies with the African human rights mechanisms, as well as ways to maximize the effectiveness of treaty bodies' activity and to increase their accessibility in the region.
The Geneva Academy is now looking forward to the remaining regional consultations of the Academic Platform, which will take place in Amman from 21 to 22 August 2017 and New Delhi from 6 to 7 October 2017.
In this interview, Alexis Comninos, currently enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Next Friday, at the Palais des Nations, more than 60 participants – academics, experts, states’ representatives and representatives of non-governmental organizations and social movements – will gather to discuss the right to food sovereignty and other collective rights in the context of the current negotiation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights (HR) and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing HR mechanisms.
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This project, launched in 2016, examines different concepts of universality, maps contemporary challenges to the principle of HR universality in the context of specific themes covered by the HRC and discusses the role of the HRC in the promotion and protection of universally guaranteed HR.
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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.