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Annual Grotius Lecture 2021: What is to become of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body system?

Date: 28 September 2021

Time: 18.00 - 19.30 (UK Time)

Venue: Online



Event Details

The UN human rights treaty system has grown piecemeal over many years. For over 20 years it has been the focus of many 'reform' or 'strengthening' processes, yet the fundamental problems besetting the system remain unaddressed. In this conversation, Sir Malcolm Evans - who last year ended a period of 10 years as a chair of one of the human rights treaty bodies - reflects on the need for reform, the attempts that have been made at reform and the current prospects of effective reform taking place.


Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE, former Chair of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture, member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group, Co-General Editor of the ICLQ, and Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol

Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director, Centre for International Law, BIICL

Speaker: Sir Malcom Evans KCMG, OBE

Sir Malcolm Evans is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol, specialising in international human rights protection and the international law of the sea. His particular areas of focus concern torture and torture prevention, the protection of religious liberty under international law and the law relating to maritime boundaries.
From 2009 - 2020 he was a member, and from 2011- 2020 Chair, of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture (the SPT). He is also a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group. From 2002 - 2013 he was a member of the OSCE ODIHR Advisory Council on the Freedom of Religion or Belief.

He has also written widely on issues concerning the law of the sea and maritime boundaries for over 30 years.

He is the editor of the leading textbook, International Law (OUP, 5th edition) and General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly  and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Torture Journal, and Ocean Development and International Law.

He is currently a member of the Statutory Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in England and Wales. In 2021 he was elected as a member of the Institut du Droit International.

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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