International Human Rights Law / Economic, Social and Cultural Rights / Right to Food / Food Sustainability / Traditional Local Communities / Human Rights and the Environment / Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights
Dr Adriana Bessa is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.
Her research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants, and the right to food and sustainability. She is a member of the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organizer of the training course on Human Rights and the Environment and co-organizer of the on the Rights of Peasants training course.
Dr Bessa also teaches International Human Rights Law at Lille Catholic University and Biodiversity Law at the University of Alicante.
She holds a PhD in Public International Law from the European University Institute, Florence. Her doctoral thesis addressed the status and rights of traditional local communities in international law, with a particular focus on international environmental, human rights and cultural heritage law.
The project will notably identify the main opportunities and obstacles to protect the right to seeds in Europe. It will also discuss how to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that they do not infringe, but facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.
This six-year project aims to provide evidence-based knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovative strategies and policy options that improve food sustainability.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of human rights and development by analyzing the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights and global development goals, namely the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.
This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms. The 2019 edition will dedicate special attention to plastic pollution.
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
Adriana Bessa, Christophe Golay
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights