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UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the main human rights bodies from the United Nations. There are two main types of human rights bodies, namely the treaty-based and the charted-based ones. We will analyse both types and then we will address the field of advocacy for human rights. Lastly, we will study the UN Human Rights Report from 2019.

Course Content

1. Role of the UN in the promotion of human rights

2. UN Human Rights bodies

  a) Treaty-based bodies

  i) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

  ii) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

  iii) Human Rights Committee (CCPR)

  iv) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

  v) Committee against Torture (CAT)

  vi) Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

  vii) Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)

  viii) The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT)

  ix) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

  x) Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

  b) Charter-based bodies

  i) Human Rights Council

  ii) Universal Periodic Review

  iii) Commission on Human Rights (replaced by the Human Rights Council)

  iv) Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

  v) Human Rights Council Complaint Procedure

3. Advocacy for human rights

4. Analysing the UN Human Rights Report 2019


(Studies on Human Rights Conventions) Helen Keller, Geir Ulfstein - UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Law and Legitimacy - Cambridge University Press (2012)

The Core International Human Rights Treaties (2014)

UN Human Rights Report 2019