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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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Briefings for States and NGOs on Proposals Emerging from our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020

28 November 2017

Our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020 organizes two briefings – one for states and one for NGOs – to discuss proposals that are emerging from the seven regional consultations that took place in 2016-2017, informal thematic and global conferences, continued engagement with members of treaty bodies and an open call for papers.

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A Regional Consultation in New Delhi on the Future of UN Treaty Bodies

17 October 2017

Hosted by the South Asian University and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at the South Asian University campus, the New Delhi meeting brought in specialists from the region to share their views on the future of UN treaty bodies.

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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


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

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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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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

Associated Research Fellow

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