Prof. Gentian Zyberi nominated for 2nd term in UN Human Rights Committee

Professor Gentian Zyberi, a professor of international law and human rights at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo (NCHR), has been nominated for a second term at the UN Human Rights Committee, for the period 2023-2026. He was elected for the first term in 2018 and has been serving in the Committee since 2019.

Portrait of Professor Zyberi in front of bookshelves.

Photo: NCHR

The UN Human Rights Committee

The Committee, composed of 18 independent experts serving in their individual capacity, monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR or Covevant) that counts 173 member States. From these, 116 States have accepted its optional protocol that allows individuals to file individual complaints.

Besides reviewing State reports and dealing with individual communications, the Committee also issues general comments, which contribute to the interpretation of the Covenant and the development of international human rights law. The latest General Comment number 37 (2020) interprets Article 21 on the right to peaceful assembly, whereas the previous General Comment number 36 (2018) interprets Article 6 on the right to life. 

Prof. Zyberi's contributions to the Committee

Professor Zyberi has rendered a significant contribution to the work of the Committee by participating actively in its working groups and sessions and disseminating widely its work through blogposts, social media, and lectures. In the last three years, he has also engaged Master students from the Centre’s Master program on the Theory and Practice of Human Rights in the work of the Committee, working alongside their peers from other sister universities. A couple of co-authored scholarly publications on the work of the Committee and other human rights mechanisms, reflecting his experiences, are forthcoming later in 2022.

2022 election

Every two years, the Committee is renewed with 9 members. The next elections will take place on 17 June 2022 in the UN headquarters in New York during the 39th Meeting of State Parties.

The NCHR wishes Professor Zyberi good luck with the campaign. 

Published Feb. 18, 2022 1:04 PM - Last modified Feb. 18, 2022 1:04 PM