Masterclass: Human rights monitoring: the role of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 07 May 2015


Seminar Room 3, Hedley Bull Centre #130, ANU
ANU Canberra


Virginia Bras-Gomes


Julia Wee
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

 The Centre for International Governance and Justice is hosting a masterclass, Human Rights Monitoring: The role of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, by UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee Member, Maria Virgínia Brás Gomes.

Virgínia will discuss her work on the Committee. From 2008 to 2010 she served as vice-chair of the Committee and from 2012 to 2014, as rapporteur.  She is currently involved in the drafting of a new General Comment on Article 7 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work. She has also served as rapporteur for the Committee’s revised guidelines for reporting and as co-rapporteur for the Committee’s General Comment 19 on the Right to Social Security.

The masterclass will focus on and consider the following questions:

  1. Is the nature of economic, social and cultural rights the same as of civil and political rights?

  2. How can the Committee reinforce respect for, and protection and fulfilment of Covenant rights, beyond standard reporting procedures?

  3. Sates parties versus National Human Rights Institutions and NGO’s: is this a positive dynamics to be encouraged by the Committee?

  4. Can recent State parties’ reports and concluding observations by the Committee be used as opportunities for future improvements in the reporting procedures and in the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights?

We invite ANU PhD students and early career researchers to participate in this masterclass, which will be followed by an informal lunch in the Coombs Extension (Building 8) Foyer.

Those intending to participate are asked to consider the four questions listed above, and to come along prepared to advocate for potentially polemical positions!

Places are limited by room capacity and RSVPs at this webform are essential by cob Monday 4 May. All fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory.

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