This project will bring together experts from around the world to contribute to the ongoing process of the UN General Assembly’s 2020 review of the UN human rights treaty bodies by identifying opportunities and generating innovative ideas to improve its function and deepen its impact. The project is led by Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, and Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations.
Convenings will be organized in Istanbul, Amman, and in Latin America in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers, Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and theInstitute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. The aim of the meetings will be to reflect on different ways of enhancing the effectiveness and functioning of the treaty bodies and to develop innovative proposals and solutions that would feed into the work of decision makers in the lead-up to a review and resolution at the UN General Assembly in 2020.
The Amman convening will be taking place from August 21-22,2017 and is invitation only.