Events and Announcements: 21 May 2023

Events and Announcements: 21 May 2023

Featured Announcement: Geneva Human Rights Platform’s Training Courses at the Geneva Academy

The Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) Training Hub, a project of the Geneva Academy, organizes training courses – in Geneva and online – on the work of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms and on specific human rights issues like the protection of human rights and the environment or human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also provides customized training courses for international organizations, NGOs, governments, or National Human Rights Institutions. Relying on our wide network of international experts and practitioners, both formulas provide participants with practical knowledge and insight into the functioning of UN human rights mechanisms.

The International Human Rights Standards and System: Monitoring and Implementation Strategies at the National Level – 3-7 July 2023: This training course will delve into the means and mechanisms through which national actors can best coordinate their human rights monitoring and implementation efforts, enabling them to strategically navigate the UN human rights system and use the various mechanisms available in their day-to-day work.

Business and Human Rights – 4-8 September 2023: 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.

Protecting Human Rights and the Environment – 18-22 September 2023: This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability – 13-17 November 2023: 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.

Calls for Papers

Countering terrorism and violent extremism in the public interest: On 31 October – 1 November 2023, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut is organising a workshop entitled ‘Countering terrorism and violent extremism in the public interest’ in The Hague, the Netherlands, and online. There is a related call for abstracts of up to 500 words on topics falling within the workshop’s overarching theme (deadline 16 June 2023). Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a 3,000-word paper by 15 September 2023 which will be circulated among the workshop’s participants in advance to facilitate in-depth discussions and feedback. After the workshop, a selected number of authors will be invited to submit their paper to be part of an edited volume. We particularly welcome abstract submissions from early career researchers from across the globe. In addition, there are possibilities for funding to cover some travel expenses and accommodation costs for those attending in-person (further details to follow).


Minerva Law Network – ‘Registering Births: What’s Care Got to Do with it?’: On 26 May 2023 at 12pm CEST, drawing from two recent decisions by the ECtHR here and here), Alice Margaria will explore the topical issue of birth registration in cases involving trans parents and emphasise some of the negative consequences of the widespread legal practice of incorrect registration – ie registration of trans parents in line with their birth-assigned gender. She will argue that, although prima facie neutral and objective, birth registration includes an important normative dimension and it works as a channel through which notions and arrangements of care are supported, created and potentially re-created. Alice will also reflect on the option of degendering legal parenthood – ie replacing the legal categories of motherhood and fatherhood with parenthood – and its concrete impact on notions and arrangements of care. Please register here.

Conference: Transparency and Accountability in Military Operations:
On 30 May 2023, the Public International Law and Human Rights Honours Programme Law Clinic at Utrecht University will host an impact event entitled: Transparency and Accountability in Military Operations, during which scholars, practitioners and specialists will give expert insight into various interdisciplinary considerations on these topics. The event will take place from 10:00-17:00 CET in the Aula Zaal at the Academiegebouw in Utrecht. Space is limited, so register on or before May 23rd 2023 by sending an email to The event will also be live-streamed and recorded. If you’d like to attend online, please mention that in your registration e-mail to the Secretariaat. More information on the day, including some contextual background, a provisional program and the speaker lineup can be found here.


3 Junior Fellowships on Economy, Human Rights, or Religion in Contemporary European History: The Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe, KFG) “Universalism and Particularism in European Contemporary History” at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is seeking to appoint 3 Junior Fellowships with a research topic focusing on economy or human rights or religion/secularity in contemporary European history. Applications with other research topics, connected to the overall agenda of the KFG, are welcome. Future Calls for Junior Fellowships will be following every term. The Center is seeking for three Junior Fellows for the summer term 2024 (April – September), with a preferred starting date on 1 April 2024. For more information, click here.

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