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ESRC funded Human Rights Law Implementation Project participates in a training event on litigating before the UN treaty bodies

4 October 2018

Human Right Implementation Project News

On 4 October 2018 Debra Long, Research Fellow at the Human Rights Implementation Centre, University of Bristol, participated on behalf of The HRLIP in a meeting and training event for non-governmental organisations on litigating cases before the UN treaty bodies. 

The event was organised by the Centre for Civil and Political Rights and the Open Society Justice Initiative and brought representatives from non-governmental organisations from around the world together with experts and staff of the UN treaty body system. Over the course of two days the main developments in procedures and jurisprudence of the UN treaty bodies and strategies to strengthen follow-up on decisions was discussed. 

During a session on the second day on the “Implementation and follow-up by the UNTBs – an Overview of recent developments at the regional and international levels” Debra gave a presentation on ‘strategies for NGOs to monitor the implementation of the individual cases and decisions’. Drawing on the preliminary findings of the HRLIP research activities this presentation highlighted a range of factors that may influence the implementation of decisions such as the visibility of the decisions and treaty body procedures; the procedures in place at the domestic level to receive and follow-up on decisions; and the legal and political contexts. It also emphasised the important role to be played by NGOs in litigating before human rights bodies and assisting in follow-up on decisions at the domestic level. During this session a number of challenges for NGOs were raised and ways to overcome them together with implementation and communication strategies to assist with follow-up and implementation of decisions were identified and considered.

Further information

For more information on the event please contact Debra Long.

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