Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
25 May 2018
During one week, 14 academics from five countries deepened their knowledge and expertise of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms during a customized training course co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo.
Through a series of workshops, practical exercises, discussions with leading experts and direct observation of the Universal Periodic Review process and the work of UN treaty bodies, participants acquired a rare insight into the functioning of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms.
‘One of the core objectives of this training is to provide participants with the tools to link theory with practice and to fully grasp with the political and legal nature of these mechanisms’ underlines Kamelia Kemileva, Executive Manager at the Geneva Academy. ‘It is the second year we co-organize this training with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and I am always impressed by the level of discussions and exchanges between participants, experts and practitioners she adds.
In this interview, Luisa Fernanda Gómez Betancur, currently enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Our Senior Researcher Alice Priddy presented our research project on disability in armed conflict to the members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Cette exposition photo de Giles Duley raconte l’histoire de personnes handicapées durant et suite aux conflits armés.
This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre of University of Essex, provides a space to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and the current year in relation to armed conflicts situations.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
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.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.