Public Lecture: How National Human Rights Institutions Can Do More

Photo credits: Cultural Diplomacy Highlights 2013

Ms. Meskerem Geset Techane, a human rights expert from Ethiopia, is coming to the RWI on Thursday to discuss how human rights monitoring can be improved with the help of national institutions.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has changed the way human rights are protected and promoted by contributing to the global rise of the number of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from a handful in the early 1990s to over 100 today. The Institute has worked with development and capacity building with over 20 national human rights institutions throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Indeed, NHRIs are increasingly recognized for their role as key independent actors in monitoring human rights. They are being gradually integrated into not only domestic human rights systems but also into global and regional human rights systems.

While the role of NHRIs has been traditionally conceptualized in the context of monitoring civil and political rights, the conventional deliberations on economic and social rights (ESR) implementation have been much focused around the role of judiciary and supranational mechanisms. Taking into account the considerable gaps left by judicial bodies and other human rights actors in ESR implementation, arguments have emerged in support of the unique contribution of NHRIs in this field. With development induced or business related ESR violations comes new challenged, and there is a growing interest in non-judicial accountability and implementation mechanisms where NHRIs can expand their role.

The seminar will explore this potential by drawing some experiences from Africa and beyond.

Ms. Meskerem Geset Techane. Photo credits: Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA)

Ms. Meskerem Geset Techane is a human rights lawyer from Ethiopia with a LL.M on Human Rights from the University of Pretoria and currently a Doctoral Fellow at the Human Right Center of the University of Padova. In the past fourteen years, Meskerem has worked with human rights as judge, academician, private practitioner, consultant, and as human rights advocate/expert working with national, pan-African, international and inter-governmental organizations.





Date and time: 3 November 2016 at 14:00-15:00

Venue: Beijing Conference room, RWI.


For more information, please contact:


Gabriel Stein

Head of Communications

+46 462221259

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