Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Go On! Universal periodic review

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

The Maastricht Centre for Human Rights welcomes practitioners, scholars, and students to a seminar entitled Universal Periodic Review Process and the Treaty Bodies: Constructive Cooperation or Deepening Divisions? It will take place on November 25, 2011, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Organizers write:
The United Nations human rights system has undergone substantial changes in the past six years. With the emergence of the UN Human Rights Council and the implementation of the Universal Periodic Review process, new intergovernmental initiatives and a peer-based supervisory mechanism have been introduced into the UN human rights system. Until the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council and the creation of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (UPR), monitoring within the UN human rights system consisted primarily of monitoring by Treaty Bodies on the basis of periodic state reports. The first four-year cycle of the UPR will be concluded at the end of 2011. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has also announced a process to reform the Treaty Bodies. Therefore this is a good moment to assess the experiences and results of the UPR’s first cycle and the proposed reforms to the Treaty bodies.
This seminar seeks to assess the contributions of the UPR in relation to the monitoring of state human rights obligations by Treaty Bodies. In addition, this seminar aims to evaluate the contribution of the UPR in the broader context of the functioning of international peer-based supervisory mechanisms, including the OECD, IMF, Council of Europe, ILO, EU, WTO and the African Peer Review mechanism. Experiences within the other international peer review mechanisms, in place at the international level for decades, could be instructive in an analysis of the UPR process and in proposing ways to strengthen or improve its interaction and collaboration with the Treaty Bodies.

Among the many confirmed participants are Human Rights committee members are Michael O’ Flaherty (Ireland) and Cornelis Flinterman (Netherlands), Geneva-based international law professor Andrew Clapham, and Marianne Lilliebjerg of Amnesty International.
The full program is here; other details and registration here.

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