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The UN Human Rights Council

A Practical Anatomy

Eric Tistounet

Since its establishment the work of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been subject to many interpretations, theories, comments or conclusions. This comprehensive book dissects every aspect of the UNHRC’s work and analyses the efficiency of, and interactions between, its mechanisms. Authored by the first Secretary of the UNHRC, this book provides unique practitioner insights into the complex decision making processes of the Council alongside the core variations from its predecessor. This book is the outcome of a six-months research fellowship carried out by the author at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
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Eric Tistounet

This project was conducted by the author over a period of 2 years with the active support of the United Nations Sabbatical Leave Programme during a period of 4 months in 2018/2019.

The author expresses his gratitude to the Sabbatical Leave Programme as well as to his supervisors in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who encouraged him to take advantage of it. His deep thanks go to the former and current High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein and Michelle Bachelet, the Deputy High Commissioner, Kate Gilmore, and the former Director of the Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division, Adam Abdelmoula.

The author is also grateful to the Geneva Academy who hosted him during his Sabbatical Leave. His deep thanks go to the Geneva Academy Director, Marco Sassoli, as well as Felix Kirchmeier and Kamelia Kemileva. The author is indebted to Kamelia Kemileva who helped him considerably in cleaning the text of heavy UN jargon and providing him with sound advice on how to structure the text to make it straighter to the point and clearer.

The author’s thanks extend to Olivier de Frouville, Director of the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Paris Pantheon-Assas, who also encouraged and supported him in his endeavour.

The author expresses his deep gratitude to the current and previous Council’s Presidents and Bureau members with whom he has had the privilege to work since the Council’s establishment. Similarly, the author extends his deep gratitude to his current and former colleagues within the Secretariat of the Council, whose competence has always amazed him and many of whom have become his friends over the years.

The views and recommendations expressed in this text are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the United Nations, its agencies or its Member States.

Finally, the author wishes to express appreciation for the constant support and excellent advice provided by his mentor and friend Bertrand Ramcharan, former Acting and Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.