Education Law Laboratory

One of the Employees of the Center for Education Law has Begun Working at the UN

On the 4th of September, 2017 Mariya Smirnova, Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Educational Law of the Institute of Education has started her work as an Associate Human Rights Officer in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She will take part in the preparation of the 36th session of the UN Council, which will be held in Geneva from 11 to 29th of September 2017.

She will also be working with delegations to determine the succession of their presentations during the Council’s session and as a result she will prepare an outcome report about the activities of the session.

Human Rights Council is the UN’s world forum, designed for the discussion of the most important issues connecting to the implementation of the human rights throughout the world. The main purpose of the Council is to highlight the problems faced by countries in this sphere. Council’s work includes experts’ presentations concerning the most sensitive topics and regions. Besides, panel discussions are organized at the highest diplomatic level.

During the forthcoming session it is planned to hear the annual report of the High Commissioner and to discuss problems concerning arbitrary detention, contemporary forms of slavery, sanctions, hazardous waster, elderly people’s rights, the rights to clean water and adequate sanitary conditions, rights of indigenous peoples. In addition, there will be four panel discussions on issues of unilateral sanctions, gender perspective in international organizations, rights of indigenous peoples and racial discrimination.

With regard to the right to education, it is planned to discuss the Mid-term report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights about the third phase of the World Program for Human Rights Education.

All Council meetings will be broadcasted on the Council’s website. The detailed syllabus of the meeting can be found on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.