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Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System

7 May 2018

Our new publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System outlines a series of recommendations related to the functioning of United Nations treaty bodies, considered a cornerstone of universal human rights protection.

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Academic Platform on the 2020 Treaty Body Review: Launch of the final report

7 May 2018, 12:30-14:30

The report details proposals for strengthening the treaty body system for 2020 and beyond and is the outcome of a three-year consultative process.

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New Paper Examines the Diversity in Membership of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

27 February 2018

Our new paper ‘Diversity in Membership of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies’ examines the composition of UN human rights treaty bodies (TBs) notably in relation to gender balance, geographical representation, as well as TBs members’ subject-matter expertise and professional background.

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In 2020, the General Assembly will review its 2014 resolution on strengthening the treaty body system. To prepare for that review, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights has launched an academic research project to look at options for reform and long-term sustainability of the treaty body system. The academic process is open to all relevant stakeholders, and I encourage all the academics in this audience to become involved. This is a key opportunity to help define the future of the Covenants and the treaty body system

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Timeframe

The project started in 2015 and will be completed in 2017. Discover its timeframe and key milestones.

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Documents

Find all the documents of the project: background paper, concept note, suggested research questions, as well as reports of regional consultations and annual conferences.

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Selected Contributions

Selected contributions by academics and academic institutions in relation to the review of UN treaty bodies.

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Call for Paper

To allow the broadest possible participation of all stakeholders, we invite input to this research project until the end of September 2017.

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TEAM

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Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.

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Felix Kirchmeier

Manager of Policy Studies

Felix Kirchmeier oversees the conceptualization, development and implementation of policy research at the Geneva Academy. He is also Co-Coordinator of the Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020.

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Kamelia Kemileva

Executive Manager

Kamelia Kemileva is Executive Manager of the Geneva Academy and Co-Coordinator of the Treaty Body Review 2020. She is also a visiting programme director at Wilton Park.

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Domenico Zipoli

Research Assistant

Domenico Zipoli is currently investigating the impact and modes of influence which National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) engagement have on treaty body recommendations; and the impact and modes of influence which NHRI engagement with the UN human rights treaty bodies have on domestic human rights standards.

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Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Associate Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, international human rights, the history of human rights, migration and the UN treaty body system.