The 2021 book will update the 2002 book. The new book covers essentially the same 20 countries that were covered in the 2002 book (the only exceptions are that Iran has been substituted by Turkey and Romania by Poland).  The 2021 book will cover the dramatic expansion of the system during the last 20 years as reflected by its imapct in these countries, and allow a longitudinal assessement to be made.

Guidelines to contributors

  Impact study background info 

  Treaty system template

Country correspondents 

australia Australia

  Prof Sarah Joseph
Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
Monash University

  Dr Adam Fletcher
RMIT University

  Ms Anna Lochhead-Sperling
Geneva Academy

brazil Brazil

  Prof Oscar Vilhena Vieira
Dean & Professor of Law
São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas

  Prof Thiago Amparo
Professor of Law
São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas

canada Canada

  Prof Frédéric Mégret
Associate Professor of Law
McGill University

columbia Colombia

  Prof Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
Formerly director, currently coordinator of Drug Policy Line

czech republic Czech Republic

  Dr Harald Christian Scheu
Head of the Department of Public Law and Public Administration
The CEVRO Institute

  Dr Jitka Brodská
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Egypt Egypt

  Prof Mustapha Kamel Al Sayyid
Professor of Political Science
Cairo University and American University (Cairo)

estonia Estonia

  Dr Merilin Kiviorg
Senior Research Fellow in International Law
University of Tartu

finland Finland

  Ms Leena Leikas
Human Rights Centre

  Dr Merja Pentikäinen
Expert on corporate responsibility
Opinio Juris

india India

  Mr Miloon Kothari
Independent Human Rights Expert

Surabhi Sharma

jamaica Jamaica

  Ms Tracy Robinson
Senior Lecturer
University of West Indies

  Ms Malene Alleyne
Human Rights Lawyer
Caribbean Protection Unit of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Washington DC)

japan Japan

  Prof Matshuda Hiromichi
Assistant Professor of Law
International Christian University

  Prof Yota Negishi
Assistant Professor of Law
Seinan Gakuin University

  Ms Ayako Hatano
Doctoral Researcher
University of Tokyo

mexico Mexico

  Prof Alejandro Anaya Munoz
Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)

  Prof José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez
Universidad Iberoamericana

russia Nepal

  Prof Ravi Prakash Vyas
Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal

russia Poland

  Dr. Katarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska
Director, Poznan Human Rights Centre
Researcher, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

russia Russia

  Prof Aslan Abashidze
Head of the Department of International Law, Law Institute 
RUDN University
Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  Dr Aleksandra Koneva
Senior Lecturer, Department of International Law
People’s Friendship University of Russia

  Prof Alexander Solntsev
Deputy Head of the Department of International Law
RUDN University

Senegal Senegal

  Dr Ibrahima Kane
Advocacy Director
Open Society Foundation

South Africa South Africa

  Dr Willem Gravett
Senior Lecturer
University of Pretoria

  Mr Foluso Adegalu
Doctoral Candidate in Law
University of Pretoria

  Ms Tessa Mitchell
Graduate Student
Geneva Academy

spain Spain

  Prof Carlos Villán Durán
Spanish Association for the International Law of Human Rights (AEDIDH)

Zambia Turkey

  Prof Başak Çalı
Director, Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University, Istanbul
UCo-director, Centre for Fundamental Rights and Professor of International Law, Hertie School, Berlin.

Zambia Zambia

  Dr O’Brien Kaaba
University of Zambia

Affiliate Researchers / Institutions


  Human Rights Center
University of Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Prof Shelly Inglis, Executive Director

  JusGov Research Centre for Justice and Governance
University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Prof A Sofia Pinto Oliviera, Researcher
Dr Benedita Ferreira da Silva Mac Crorie, Researcher

A meeting of country researchers was held on 28 February and 1March 2019, hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights at Palais Wilson and Palais des Nations, Geneva.