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Manfred Nowak - The International Review Committee for Taiwan and Children Deprived of Liberty

Date: 15 April 2021

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Location: Online


This lecture will address human rights monitoring in Taiwan, both generally and with a specific focus on children’s rights and children deprived of liberty. First, I will discuss the question of why Taiwan ratifies international human rights treaties despite the fact that the United Nations do not formally accept the State’s ratifications. In this regard, I will speak from my personal experience leading, since 2012, the International Review Committee on Taiwan concerning the two human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Following this, I will address the context of children’s rights and deprivation of liberty of children in particular. This part of the lecture is based on the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty which I led and presented to the UN General Assembly in 2019.

Manfred Nowak is Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Vienna and Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights. He previously served in various expert functions, such as UN Expert on enforced disappearances (1993-2006), UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004-2010), judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-2003) and Vice Chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2013-2018). In 2016 he was appointed Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. In addition, since 2012, he serves as head of the International Review Committee on the ICCPR and ICESCR for Taiwan. He was Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University (SIM, 1987-1989) and of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights at Vienna University (BIM, 1992-2019) as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund (2002-2003), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2008-2009), and at Stanford University in Palo Alto (2014). He is author of more than 600 publications in the fields of public international law and human rights.




Manfred Nowak, ‘Observations on the Review for the State Reports of Two International Human Rights Covenants in Taiwan: Written Interviews for International Experts’, Vol. 12,Taiwan Human Rights Journal, 2017, 111, at 124-129.





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