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International Conference Features UN, State Dept. Officials

(Boston, Revised 04/12/10) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston hosted a major international conference on Friday, April 9, on the work of the UN Human Rights Council.  “Reviewing the UN Human Rights Council: Looking Back and Moving Forward” featured experts from around the globe, including prominent representatives from the United Nations, other intergovernmental organizations, the U.S. Department of State, civil society, and the legal academy, as well as diplomatic representatives from other Council Member States.

 Kyung-Wha Kang
Ms. Kyung-Wha Kang, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, will deliver the opening address.

The conference took place at The W Boston, 100 Stuart Street, Boston (adjacent to New England Law).

Professor John Cerone, conference host, is director of New England Law’s Center for International Law and Policy.  “I had the privilege of serving with the U.S. delegation to the Human Rights Council as a special advisor during its last regular session,” he says.  “That experience prompted me to convene this conference to critically examine the Council’s work with a view toward generating recommendations for improving its efficacy.  It is my hope that by bringing together key diplomats and other stakeholders for a rigorous analysis of the Council’s performance, we can expand the array of possibilities for moving forward during the upcoming General Assembly review of the Council.”

The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body within the UN system, made up of 47 states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.  The Council was created in 2006 by the UN General Assembly as the principal Charter organ mandated to address human rights matters.  Recent Special Sessions have focused on the plight of Haiti in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake and the impact of the global economic and financial crises.

The conference featured an address by Ms. Kyung-Wha Kang, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.  Other speakers included His Excellency (H.E.) Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva; H.E. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe, representative of the United States to the UN Human Rights Council; H.E. Ambassador Mr. Mohammed Loulichki, permanent representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations; and H.E. Dr. Ali Treki, president of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly.

“Reviewing the UN Human Rights Council” was co-sponsored by the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, the American Society of International Lawthe International Law Society, and the Boston Bar Association

For more information, please contact the Center for International Law and Policy at


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