The United Nations’ human rights treaty bodies monitor the health of human rights protections around the world. They are the bodies that advocate for individuals when national courts fail to protect you and when your human rights are denied. In partnership with Oxford University Press United Nations Human Rights Law Reports, Hertie School students report on individuals’ legal struggles for their human rights before the United Nations Treaty Bodies. Their work covers access to justice, torture, non-refoulement, discrimination based on gender and disability, and freedom of expression cases from all continents.
Join the Hertie School student human rights reporters as they present about UN Human Rights Committees and look specifically at cases of non-refoulement and its connection to risks faced by failed asylum seekers. Together with guest speaker Rupert Skilbeck, Director of Redress, and Hertie School Professor Başak Çalı, they will discuss what UN human rights cases tell us about the health of human rights around the world today and what value an individual human rights case against the state has to advance human rights protections.
This project was inspired by the Reporting Human Rights Cases course taught by Professor Çalı in Spring 2018.