Human Rights Conversations

Started in January 2020

Human Rights Conversations are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.

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Felix Kirchmeier

Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

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

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Domenico Zipoli

Project Coordinator and Research Fellow

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.

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Stefania Di Stefano

Project Officer at the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Her research includes international human rights law, business and human rights, human rights in the digital age, corporate responsibility, and the rights to freedom of expression and access to information.

Past Human Rights Conversations

A New Human Rights Tribunal in Town? The Oversight Board and the Future of Online Freedom of Expression

18 October 2023, 18:00-19:30

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Neurotechnology and Human Rights

6 June 2023, 10:00-11:30

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To Ban or not to Ban: Religious Symbols and Women’s Rights

7 March 2023, 18:00-20:00

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Child Participation in the Work of UN Human Rights Mechanisms

6 February 2023, 13:15-14:45

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Towards a Helpdesk for Business on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

2 December 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Universally Digital

12 May 2022, 14:00-15:30

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UN Human Rights Mechanisms and Mega Sporting Events: The road to FIFA World Cup 2022 and 2023

28 April 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and Human Rights

4 March 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Minority Issues and Universality

1 December 2021, 10:00-11:30

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Book Launch: The Domestic Institutionalisation of Human Rights

28 September 2021, 18:30-20:00

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Covid-19 Certificates: What are the Human Rights Implications?

6 July 2021, 13:00-14:30

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Digital Human Rights Tracking Tools

3 June 2021, 15:00-16:30

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Lessons Learned from the Commission for the HRC Status Review

18 March 2021, 14:00-15:30

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The US’ Return to the UN Human Rights Council

26 February 2021, 15:30-17:00

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Training Boosts Geneva Diplomats’ Expertise in UN Human Rights Council

23 January 2024

Our Geneva Human Rights Platform offered, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a three-day executive training course for Geneva-based diplomats on  the functioning of UN human rights mechanisms and negotiation practices at the multilateral level.

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New Paper Discusses the Establishment of a Global Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights

11 December 2023

Our new Research Brief discusses the proposal to establish a global helpdesk on business and human rights 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

11-15 November 2024

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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Garment workersto receive food from their factory during lunch time. This food is freely provided by their factory in order to ensure that workers eat healthy and hygienic food. Training

Business and Human Rights

2-6 September 2024

This training course will examine how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been utilized to advance the concept of business respect for human rights throughout the UN system, the impact of the Guiding Principles on other international organizations, as well as the impact of standards and guidance developed by these different bodies.

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First annual conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform Project

The Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Started in June 2019

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A session of the UN Human Rights Council Project

IHL Expert Pool

Started in January 2022

The IHL-EP works to strengthen the capacity of human rights mechanisms to incorporate IHL into their work in an efficacious and comprehensive manner. By so doing, it aims to address the normative and practical challenges that human rights bodies encounter when dealing with cases in which IHL applies.

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Unpacking the Climate Migration Extremism Nexus Mapping the Coping Strategies of Kenyan Pastorialists

published on April 2024

Erica Harper, Yosuke Nagai

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Unpacking the Burgeoning Challenge of Environmental Protection and the Right to Food in the Context of Armed Conflict

published on April 2024

Erica Harper, Junli Lim

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