The researchers who form the Freedom from Violence initiative at ICLA will be involved over the coming months in drafting the text of South Africa’s National Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGR) with respect to SDG-16, the goal aimed at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
What has been the influence to date of the main United Nations human rights treaties, and the work of the committees that monitor compliance by States with these treaties, on the lives of people worldwide? A group of human rights researchers are currently engaged in a comprehensive ‘domestic impact study’ that will address this question in 20 countries.
Given the centrality of Hague Law to the prosecution and impact of armed conflict, the relative paucity of dedicated works is surprising. The general formulation of Hague Law rules is largely uncontroversial, but this clarity stands in stark contrast to their interpretation and practical application.
Summarised Curriculum Vitae: Christof Heyns
Christof Heyns (MA LLB University of Pretoria; LLM Yale Law School; and PhD University of the Witwatersrand) is Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. In August 2010 he was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. His term expires at the end of July 2016. He also serves as a member and char of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi. Christof Heyns is also a member of the UN.
He is a former Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as well as former Dean of that faculty.
For more information on the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Executions/Pages/SRExecutionsIndex.aspx
Serving as Special Rapporteur is a part-time position, without remuneration. Prof Heyns receives financial and research support from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.