The United Nations Special Procedures System: the Challenges of Human Rights Implementation Fri, 2015-02-27 21:41

On the 25th of February, the 13th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law lecture was held in association with the United Nations Association Westminster Branch, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, and the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales. The lecture was led by Dr Ahmed Shaheed. Dr Shaheed argued for a greater use of the special procedures system, including closer integration into the Rights Up Front framework proposed by Ban Ki Moon in 2013. He proposes that the system?s primary function of holding governments to account must be safeguarded and that the global challenges in promoting international compliance with human rights must be confronted. Dr Shaheed is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is also the Chairperson of the Geneva-based international human rights think-tank, Universal Rights Group.