Fall 2010 – Spring 2011


The purpose of this year’s seminar is to study how monitoring mechanisms are utilized to assess compliance with international human rights norms and standards. This subject is especially pertinent in light of the recent report submitted by the US government to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, and of the near completion of the first four-year cycle of the UPR process (2008-2011). In addition, the seminar will explore how these monitoring mechanisms can be used more effectively for accountability and advocacy purposes. The seminar will examine monitoring mechanisms of charter and treaty-based bodies, as well as extra-conventional mechanisms and the supplemental monitoring of non-governmental organizations.

FALL 2010

Thursday October 28:

Rainer Braun, Research Analyst for Governance Metrics International (GMI); Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs Program, A Comparison of Private Sector Labor Rights Monitoring and Traditional State-Based Human Rights Monitoring within the UN Context, Room C197                                                                                                                                        

Micro-Monitoring through Markets: Private Sector Compliance Initiatives for Labor Rights, by Rainer Braun


Thursday November 4:

Yasmeen Hassan, Deputy Director/Program Director, Equality Now, The Monitoring of Women’s Rights: An Evaluation of CEDAW, CSW, the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, and the New Working Group on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Room C204 

Equality Now: Eliminating Discrimination Against Women through the use of the International Human Rights System, by Yasmaeen Hassan 



Thursday February 10:

Richard Culp, Associate Professor of Public Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, “The Sentence Enforcement Monitoring Mechanisms of the Ad Hoc and Hybrid International Criminal Tribunals” Room C197                                                

Enforcement and Monitoring of Sentences in the Modern War Crimes Process: Equal Treatment before the Law?, by Richard Culp 

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Thursday April 17:

Sarah Paoletti, Senior Coordinator, US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review Project; Practice Associate Professor of Law & Director, Transnational Legal Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “The US UPR and an Assessment of the UPR Process” Room C203

The U.S. Universal Periodic Review and an Assessment of the UPR Process, by Sarah H. Paoletti