Research project

Leading Cases in UN Human Rights Law

The jurisprudence of the UN human rights treaty bodies and its contributions to international human rights law

Currently, there are eight distinct UN treaty bodies with competence to receive individual communications and adopt decisions (or ‘views’ in UN parlance). Over the last decade, the number of individual communications submitted to the treaty bodies has resulted in a dramatic expansion of their case law. Yet, the UN treaty bodies case law is little known to academics, practitioners and students. The project offers to fill a gap concerning the sustained and comparative treatment of the case law of the UN treaty bodies.

This research project aims to shed light on the jurisprudence of the UN human rights treaty bodies and its contributions to international human rights law. In doing so, it will demonstrate and defend interdependence-oriented treaty interpretation on cross cutting themes.

The project is a research collaboration in the framework of the CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences -  between Prof. Başak Çalı and Dr. Alexandre Skander Galand of the Hertie School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights and Prof. Martin Scheinin of the European University Institute. Dr. Aristi Volou joined the project as a Research Associate.

Project lead at the Hertie School

  • Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights

  • Alexandre Skander Galand, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hertie School.

Researchers

  • Aristi Volou, Research Assosiate at Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. 

    Volou joined the Centre for Fundamental Rights as a Research Associate in September 2020. She completed an LLB in Law (with Claire Nicholson Memorial Prize), an LLM in International Human Rights Law, and a PhD in International and Comparative Human Rights Law, all at the University of Leicester

The project is a research collaboration in the framework of the CIVICA, the European University of Social Science, and is funded by the DAAD