Side Event: Contribution of legal professions to the UPR

legal professionals side event

The UPR Group of Friends composed of the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Armenia, Fiji, Norway, Pakistan and South Africa, together with UPR Info, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the International Development Law Organization will hold a side event at the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the contribution of legal professions to the work of the HRC and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The objectives of this event are to understand the role that legal professionals can play in the protection and promotion of human rights through the UPR and to share good practices of their engagement in this mechanism. This meeting will also be an opportunity for UPR stakeholders to reflect on how the HRC could take more steps to further enhance the participation of the legal professionals to ensure their full contribution in the UPR process.

The event will take place from 14:00 to 15:00 (CEST) on Monday, 10 July 2023.

In person: Room XXV, Building E, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Online: click here.


Moderator: Ms. Mona M’Bikay, Executive Director, UPR Info

Opening Remarks

H.E. Mr. Federico Villegas, Chair of the UPR Group of Friends, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Argentina


  • Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Francesca Restifo, Senior Human Rights Lawyer, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
  • Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights – to be confirmed
  • Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit, Chairperson of the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

Closing remarks

Mark Cassayre, Permanent Observer of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the UNOG.

For more details see the concept note