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Geneva Diplomats Briefed about the 2020 Review of UN Treaty Bodies

18 June 2019

At a meeting co-organized with the permanent missions of Costa Rica and Japan to the United Nations in Geneva, Geneva-based diplomats discussed the current status of the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies.

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Optimizing UN Treaty Bodies: Wide Support to the Recommendations Emanating from our Academic Platform

18 June 2019

Reports submitted by states in the context of the review of UN Treaty Bodies highlight wide support to the recommendations presented in our publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Bodies System.

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A New Tool to Optimize the Planning of Treaty Bodies Sessions

1 October 2018

The Geneva Academy developed a new tool, the ‘Treaty Body Scheduler’, which allows planning, in the context of a consolidated report and clustered dialogue, the best schedules for treaty bodies sessions.

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Conferences

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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

Former 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 and Executive Director 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.

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Kamelia Kemileva

Special Projects Manager

As Special Projects Manager, Kamelia Kemileva coordinates projects of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

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Domenico Zipoli

Associate Researcher

His doctoral project focuses on causal mechanisms related to National Human Rights Institutions engagement with the UN Human Rights treaty body system.

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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.

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Claire Callejon

Associate Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, the United Nations Human Rights machinery and refugee law.