Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Since it became operational in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has established more than 30 investigative bodies tasked with monitoring, investigating and establishing the facts and circumstances of grave abuses and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, some of which may amount to mass atrocity crimes. Commissions of Inquiry (CoI), Fact-Finding Missions (FFM) and other investigative bodies can constitute key mechanisms to respond to the commission of atrocities and prevent their recurrence.

Investigative bodies are an important tool in upholding our Responsibility to Protect. By directly applying an “atrocity lens,” investigative mechanisms can broaden our understanding of patterns of behavior that enable the commission of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. The CoI on Burundi and the FFM on Myanmar have both utilized the UN’s Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes to identify risk factors and potential triggers for war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide. Despite these examples, the systematic inclusion of an atrocity lens in all HRC-mandated investigative bodies has yet to be achieved.

This event aims to increase understanding of how CoIs, FFMs and other mechanisms can systematically include an atrocity lens in their fact-finding and investigations and contribute to accountability, prevention and non-recurrence of atrocities. During the event previous and current members of investigative bodies will unpack lessons learned and best practices from their work.

This event is co-hosted by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Permanent Missions of Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Uruguay.



Organized By : United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect cordially invites you to join us to observe the 72nd Anniversary of Genocide Convention and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

With a panel discussion on the lessons learned, opportunities and challenges of international justice, including criminal justice and reparations for victims of the crime of genocide. 



Over the past few years, some States have developed new methods both of limiting access to the internet, and of regulating online content that they deem problematic. These initiatives stand in stark contrast to recent decisions by international tribunals protecting the right to free expression, and efforts at the United Nations to safeguard press freedoms. How can States effectively regulate access to the internet for legitimate protective purposes while complying with international standards regarding freedom of the press, and respecting fundamental human rights?

Introductory remarks:
• Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Representative of Honduras to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
• Professor Hannah Garry, Director, International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

• Christina G. Hioureas, Partner, Chair, United Nations Practice Group, Foley Hoag

• Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
• Toby Cadman, Co-Founder and Head of Chambers, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers
• Peter Micek, General Counsel and Manager, UN Policy and Advocacy, Access Now
• Berhan Taye, Africa Policy Manager and Global Internet Shutdowns Lead, Access Now


Organized by Foley Hoag


Organized By : European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)

This high-level interactive panel discussion marks a significant double anniversary, namely the 15th anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) since its adoption at the UN in September 2005 and the 20th anniversary of Women Peace and Security (WPS) since the adoption of SC Resolution 1325 in October 2000.

What are the key lessons learned from 15 years of R2P and atrocity prevention and 20 years of implementing the WPS agenda? What successes can we highlight for both? How can R2P and WPS be implemented closer together in light of their overlaps, including the gendered impact of atrocity crimes, the connections between gender equality and R2P, and the important roles women play in supporting protection and atrocity prevention?

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Ms. Debbie Stothard, Dr. Karen Smith, Ms. Savita Pawnday, Dr. Toni Haastrup, and Ms. Wai Wai Nu are the distinguished experts joining in conversation to reflect on the progress made on implementing the R2P and WPS agendas to date. They will discuss some of the key lessons learned and explore priorities and strategies for implementing these two complementary agendas going forward. The conversation is moderated by Dr. Cristina G. Stefan, and will be followed by Q&A.



Organized By : FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Romani Studies Program of the Central European University will host “Intersectional Discrimination. The Roma Case.”

At this event, participants will:

  • Discuss realities, struggles, tactics, and paths to dismantle anti-Roma racism
  • Explore tactics to strengthen the voices and the participation of Romani feminists and Romani LGBTIQ activists in policy-making, intersectional feminism, mainstream feminism, the Roma movement, LGBTQI movement, and neighborhoods and communities
  • Harness support, learning, and cooperation from other geographies and social movements

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression Health Equity Research Collaborative (Harvard SOGIE) at Harvard University.

View the conference agenda here. (The agenda is subject to change)