Experts’ insights on UN Universal Periodic Review and the role of academia
Two Chinese academics were invited to Geneva to attend a three-day training workshop on UPR and learn how academics can engage in the process under the auspice of NCHR and the Geneva Academy.
Susanne Flølo and Yi Wang (NCHR) together with participants Professor Lu Haina and Professor Chang Jian. (Photo: UiO)
The training represented an opportunity to build a rare, practitioner’s insight into the functioning of UN human rights institutions based in Geneva, through a mixture of lectures and observing live UPR sessions.
By practitioners - for academics
The participants were first given a general overview of the UPR process and its function in connection with the other UN Human Rights Mechanisms by former UN Diplomat, now Special Projects Manager at the Geneva Academy, Kamelia Kemileva. On the second day the group observed the UPR of China before meeting UPR-info where Executive Director Mona M'Bikay introduced the organisation's work, the function of pre-sessions, politics and practice - followed by a Q&A session about role of academia in the states under review.
The last day of training the group observed the review of Mexico from the observatory at the Palais des Nations before a final feedback and Q&A session at the Geneva Academy.
Increasing constructive involvement
The training is specifically designed for academics and educators who are involved in university-level teaching or other education programmes on Human Rights. It has the ultimate aim of increasing the participants capacity in contributing to constructive involvement with the human rights discourse through teaching-learning activities, academic research, and other forms of engagement.
UN Human Rights Mechanisms
The training workshop lasted from 4th-7th of November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland and represented the third training opportunity organised by NCHR and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights under the NCHR UN Human Rights Mechanisms programme. Read more about this programme.