UN Human Rights Council: Ten Years On
17th Annual Student Human Rights Conference
Saturday 5 March 2016
Human Rights is one of the three pillars of the work of the United Nations (UN) and its recognition has gained momentum since the inception of the Human Rights Council (the Council) nearly ten years ago. Despite a number of notable successes, the Council has not been without criticism during its short existence. The Council’s ten-year anniversary in 2016 will differ from its five-year anniversary, as there will be no formal review of its work. This creates an excellent opportunity to assess the Council’s key successes whilst recognising and discussing its shortcomings.
This year’s Conference will examine the achievements and failures of the UN Human Rights Council within the context of the UN human rights system as a whole. Keynote speakers with experience in NGOs, UN institutions, and academia will present their various insights on the Council and the human rights system. In conjunction with student panellists, pertinent questions will be examined. Why are so many resolutions directed at developing nations rather than at developed nations? Is the strong rhetoric of the Council matched by action? Are Member States avoiding key human rights issues through political tactics? Is the Council really an improvement upon the United Nations Commission on Human Rights?
More information is available on the Conference’s page.
The full programme can be found here. More information is also available on the event's Facebook page and Twitter via #StuConf16.
Tickets are available for purchase at the UoN Online Store. A discounted early bird rate is being offered until Saturday 27 February 2016.
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