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.
During one week, ten Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Iranian university teachers and scholars deepened their knowledge and expertise of UN human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
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.
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This course, ahead of the main UN Human Rights Council session, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.
This initiative aims at creating a platform allowing leading academics, experts and practitioners who work on right to life issues. It also develops research identifying and discussing some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.
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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.