Felix Kirchmeier

Felix Kirchmeier

Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Areas of expertise

UN Human Rights Mechanisms  /  International Human Rights Law and Policy   /  Team Management  /  Project Management  /  Donors Relations  /  Sustainable Development

Felix Kirchmeier is the Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Before joining the Geneva Academy, he worked at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung where he served as Senior Programme Officer for Human Rights and Development and Focal Point for international human rights projects. There he organized conferences on the development of human rights law and coordinated training on international human rights mechanisms in Geneva and in the field.

Felix holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Freiburg.

Research Projects

Mine Project

Business, Human Rights and Conflict-Affected Regions

This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project

The Universality of Human Rights: Developing Narratives to Help Overcome Polarization

This research aims at taking stock of and contributing to a better understanding of the above-mentioned challenges to the principle of universality of human rights while also questioning their validity. It will identify relevant political and legal arguments and develop counter-narratives that could be instrumental to dealing with and/or overcoming the polarization of negotiations processes at the multilateral level.

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Past projects

RESEARCH

A Practitioners' Guide on Human Rights and Countering Corruption

Completed in 31 December 2021

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Publications

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Implementing the Treaty Body Review 2020 – Where do we stand

May 2022

Felix Kirchmeier, Chloé Naret, Domenico Zipoli

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Treaty Bodies’ Individual Communication Procedures: Providing Redress and Reparation to Victims of Human Rights Violations

May 2019

Claire Callejon, Kamelia Kemileva, Felix Kirchmeier

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Masters

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Executive Education

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Events

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Erica Harper Joins the Geneva Academy as Head of Research and Policy Studies

29 August 2022

The Geneva Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Erica Harper as its new Head of Research and Policy Studies. Dr Harper succeeds Felix Kirchmeier who remains the Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

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We are Hiring!

The Geneva Academy is seeking a Head of Education for our three master's programmes and training courses.

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The Geneva Human Rights Platform Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

19 August 2022

The flags of our Geneva Human Rights Platform are flying on the Mont-Blanc Bridge to mark the platform's fifth anniversary.

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