Geneva Academy Fridays

Started in January 2019

These monthly briefings for Geneva-based diplomats in charge of human rights issues aim at discussing topical issues and processes like the United Nations (UN) Treaty Body (TB) 2020 Review. They provide updates on academic findings on the functioning of the UN human rights mechanisms and bodies.

The Geneva Academy Fridays are open to all interested delegations. Due to their informal nature, no reports or records of the meetings are published.

If you are a Geneva-based diplomat and want to be updated about our upcoming Geneva Academy Fridays, you can contact us at the following email address: genevahumanrightsplatform[at]geneva-academy.ch

Issues Discussed

Issues discussed include the UN TB 2020 Review, and in particular questions which could be picked up in a resolution by the UN General Assembly. These range from the criteria for TB membership to the structuring of national reports and dialogues with TBs, or the handling of the individual communications procedure.

The briefings also highlighted issues such as the role of the TB Chairpersons or the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in relation to the secretariat support to UN TBs.

TEAM

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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 Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

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Kamelia Kemileva

Senior Consultant

Kamelia Kemileva is an external consultant on selected mandates related to the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

NEWS AND EVENTS

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Geneva Diplomats Discuss Developments around the 2020 Treaty Body Review and Next Steps in New York

November 2019

Staff from the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and invited experts briefed state representatives in Geneva about developments related to the work of UN treaty bodies (TB) and the 2020 TB Review in New York.

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The Geneva Human Rights Platform Inputs the Final Stage of the UN Treaty Body Review 2020 Process

August 2020

The written submission includes all the proposals developed by the Geneva Human Rights Platform since the beginning of the process. They are the outcome of a multi-year process of academic research and consultations, along with multi-stakeholder consultations.

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News

2019 Annual Report

May 2020

Knowledge transfer is at the heart of our activities. During 2019, our professors, researchers and staff have ensured such transfer in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice via research, our three masters, training courses, events and the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

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Plenary session during the first annual conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform Event

2020 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

October 2020, 09:00-18:00

The 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the connectivity between regional and global human rights mechanisms and relevant links with national systems, as well as on the effectiveness of these interactions in a number of policy areas.

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Book Launch: A Practical Anatomy of the Human Rights Council

October 2020, 12:30-14:00

This book is the outcome of a six-month research fellowship at the Geneva Academy carried out by Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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A general view of participants during of the 33nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council. Training

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

2- November 2020

This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.

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Greece, ylakio, pre-removal center. Short Course

Introduction to International Human Rights Law

22 October - November 2020

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).

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Session of the UN Human Rights Committee Project

Treaty Body Review 2020

Started in January 2018

The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.

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Local Implementation of Global Human Rights

Started in May 2020

The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local level.

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The UN Human Rights Council: A Practical Anatomy

published on September 2020

Eric Tistounet

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