Our research in the area of human rights law spans international, regional and domestic human rights regimes, as well as examining the interplay between international human rights law and general international law, international humanitarian law, international refugee law, and international criminal law. We have supported the work of NGOs on human rights and refugee issues and have contributed to OSCE studies in the field of minority rights.

Highlights from our work in this area:

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Our staff member Professor Nils Melzer acts as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment since 1 November 2016. The mandate comprises three main activities: addressing urgent appeals and communications on alleged cases of torture, fact-finding country visits, and submission of annual reports on activities, the mandate and methods of work. In this capacity, Professor Melzer examines, among others, the under-explored relationships between torture and corruption, extra-custodial use of force, and migration.

 

Selected Reports:

Melzer, N. (2019) Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment, “Corruption-related torture and ill-treatment”. Project Report. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

 

Melzer, N. (2018) Seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: reaffirming and strengthening the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Interim report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment. Project Report. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

 

Melzer, N. (2018) Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment. Project Report. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

 

Melzer, N. (2017) Extra-custodial use of force and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Project Report. United Nations General Assembly.

 

Melzer, N. (2017) Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Project Report. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.