Using UN human rights mechanisms: workshop for lawyers from South-east Asia

The ICJ, in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR), and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, organised a workshop for  lawyers from southeast Asia, on engaging with UN human rights mechanisms.

The two-day workshop provided some thirty lawyers from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Lao PDR with knowledge, practical skills and expert advice about UN human rights mechanisms, with the participants themselves sharing their own experiences and expertise.

In addition to explaining what the UN mechanisms are and how they work, the workshop discussed how lawyers can use the outputs of UN human rights mechanisms in their professional activities, as well as how to communicate with and participate in UN human rights mechanisms in order to ensure good cooperation and to best serve the interests of their clients.

Sessions were introduced by presentations by the ICJ’s Main Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and OHCHR officials, followed by discussions and practical exercises in which all participants were encouraged to contribute questions and their own observations.

A special discussion of effective engagement of lawyers with Treaty Bodies was led by Professor Yuval Shany, a member of the Human Rights Committee established to interpret and apply the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The workshop also aimed to encourage the building of relationships and networks between the lawyers from across the region.

The workshop forms part of a broader project of awareness-raising and capacity-building for lawyers from the region, about UN mechanisms.

A similar workshop was held in January 2017 for lawyers from Myanmar.

The project has also published (unofficial) translations of key UN publications into relevant languages, and is hosting lawyers in a mentorship programme in Geneva.

More details are available by contacting UN Representative Matt Pollard (matt.pollard(a) or by clicking here: