Treaty Body Members’ Platform

Started in July 2014

The United Nations (UN) human rights (HR) treaty bodies are a central pillar of the international HR protection system. They prevent HR violations by warning states about areas of concern and by advising them on durable solutions. With the first treaty body created in the 1970s, the system has continuously grown, currently comprising 10 treaty bodies and around 180 independent experts. Yet, coordination and possibilities for interaction in the system are limited, posing the danger of fragmentation or even contradiction in the output of these mechanisms.

Connecting Experts

Launched in 2014 and hosted by the Geneva Academy, 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.

Addressing Key Issues

An average of ten meetings are organized every year allowing UN treaty body experts to reach out to other Geneva-based actors and apply their expertise to relevant discussions in the fields of sustainable development, migration, access to justice, humanitarian action, refugee law, disarmament, arms control or international humanitarian law.

RESEARCHER

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Felix Kirchmeier

Manager of Policy Studies and Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Felix Kirchmeier oversees the conceptualization, development and implementation of policy research at the Geneva Academy. He is also the Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Publications

Cover of the In-Brief No1: The Independence of Treaty Bodies’ Members

The Independence of UN Human Rights Treaty Body Members

December 2012

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Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Session of the UN Human Rights Committee Event

New Publication on Treaty Bodies’ Individual Communication Procedure: Providing Redress and Reparation to Victims of Human Rights Violations

May 2019, 10:30-12:00

This event marks the launch of our new publication which addresses the handling of individual communications and tackles question related to the efficiency in handing them.

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Event

First Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform: Connectivity of Human Rights Mechanisms

June 2019, 09:00-18:00

The first Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform will focus on the connectivity of human rights mechanisms.

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Young boy in a slum Training

Formation en ligne sur les Droits Economiques, Sociaux et Culturels

7 October - November 2019

Cette formation en ligne permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), des obligations des états et des mécanismes chargés de les protéger et de surveiller leur mise en œuvre.

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A general view of participants during of the 33nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council. Training

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

30 September - October 2019

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.

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A woman worker at a construction site in India Project

Human Rights and Gender Equality in the Context of Business Activities

Started in June 2018

This project aims to support the UN working group’s consultation process and thus contribute the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality in relation to the business sector via research on international human rights law and policy related to gender equality guarantees and their application to business activities, and the organization of a global conference in Geneva.

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Roundtable discussion during the Regional Consultation for North America and the English Speaking Caribbean on the Future of the UN Treaty Body System Project

Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020

Started in May 2016

The Geneva Academy is coordinating the academic input to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the UN General Assembly via the creation of an academic network of independent researchers, a call for papers, a series of regional consultations, annual conferences in Geneva, as well as ongoing interactions with key stakeholders.

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