Domenico Zipoli

Domenico Zipoli

Research Fellow, Geneva Human Rights Platform

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  UN Human Rights Mechanisms  /  Public International Law  /  Global Administrative Law  /  Transnational Law  /  National Human Rights Institutions  /  UN Treaty Bodies

Dr Domenico Zipoli is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.

His research focuses on the question of connectivity among international human rights mechanisms and on national strategies for monitoring, implementation and follow-up of international human rights obligations and recommendations. He is currently leading a research project aimed at gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the structure and functioning of different National Human Rights Systems.

Dr Zipoli is also part of the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) team, providing expert input to different Geneva-based international organizations and permanent missions as well as contributing to the organization and development of GHRP events, workshops and training courses.

Prior to starting at the Geneva Academy, Dr. Zipoli worked as PhD Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He successfully defended his doctoral thesis in 2021 (‘The Power of Engagement: Assessing the Effectiveness of Cooperation between United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions’). He previously worked as Research Assistant for the Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, as Research Trainee at the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, and as a research assistant at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Throughout his research, he also carried out an internship at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division), as well as at two National Human Rights Institutions (the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia and the Defensoria del Pueblo of Ecuador).

Dr Zipoli holds a PhD. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oslo, a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law from Lund University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Exeter.

Research Projects

Human Rights Commission, VCalparaiso, Chile Project

The Role of National Human Rights Systems in the Implementation of International Human Rights Standards and Recommendations

This project aims to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses affecting different National Human Rights Systems.

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Publications

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National Human Rights Strategies: The Role of National Human Rights Systems in the Implementation of International Human Rights Standards

January 2021

Domenico Zipoli

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; The International Land Coalition

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Beyond the 2020 Treaty Body Review: The Role of National Human Rights Systems

June 2020

Domenico Zipoli

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System

May 2018

Domenico Zipoli, Felix Kirchmeier, Kamelia Kemileva, Claire Callejon

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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UNMISS Peacekeepers News

New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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Afghanistan

28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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