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The UN Treaty Body Strengthening Process: Enhancing the Functioning and Effectiveness of the Human Rights Mechanisms

Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Time: 05:30PM - 07:00PM
Description: The American Society of International Law and the American University Washington College of Law's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are pleased to present a three-part continuing legal education (CLE) series to provide a forum for the better understanding and discussion of human rights and humanitarian law theory. There are currently ten human rights treaty bodies at the United Nations Human Rights System that monitor the implementation by States of their international human rights obligations. In June 2012, the High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report on the strengthening of the treaty body system in which she described the problems faced by those organs and put forward proposals for change. Afterwards, an intergovernmental process was launched to strengthen and enhance the effective functioning of the treaty body system and the President of the General Assembly appointed the Ambassadors of Iceland and Indonesia as Co-facilitators. The speakers in this panel have both actively participated in the treaty bodies strengthening process and they will share their experiences and their insights on the future of this debate. Speakers: Michael O’Flaherty, Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, former Vice-Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee Claudio Grossman, Dean of American University Washington College of Law, Chair of the UN Committee against Torture Moderator: Carla Ferstman, Director, REDRESS
Sponsor: The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & American Society of International Law
URL: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hrmonth.cfm
Location: ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC
Contact Name: Renee Lurker
Contact Phone: 202-274-4070
Contact Email: hracademy@wcl.american.edu
CLE Credit: Yes
Posted On: 05/24/13

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