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ISCH COST Action IS0702
The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform

The main objective of the Action is to increase and consolidate knowledge of the ongoing process of institutional, structural, and procedural reforms of the United Nations human rights system, so as to recommend standpoints for the European Union in this process working towards strengthening the protection of human rights world-wide.

The United Nations is involved in the promotion of human rights in a number of areas, particularly through the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the newly established Human Rights Council. The European Union has great interest in the outcome of the reforms underway in both these central institutions. These include the building up of a totally new institution of universal periodic review and the ambitious reform of the human rights treaty bodies system. However, the new political power balance in the Council and the existing dangers to a fundamental reform of the treaty body system pose far-reaching challenges to the role of and contribution by the EU. This Action deals with a concrete and topical issue of great importance for EU internal and external policy in an important area. It is moreover an Action with an innovative central component: strengthen the treaty body system with the establishment of a world court of human rights.

Keywords: European Union, United Nations; Human Rights Reform, United Nations, Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Indicators, High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Treaty Body System, World Court of Human Rights, EU Development Co-operation, Rights Based Approach, Partnership Approaches

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General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Manfred NOWAK (AT)

Vice Chair of the Action:


Science officer of the Action:


Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Ange Marie INA UWASE


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