The University of Geneva, in collaboration with the Chinese Journal of International Law (ChineseJIL, OUP), the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies are pleased to invite public international scholars and researchers to attend a conference that will take place online on 28 January 2021 with the title “The Development of Normative Powers of UN Investigative Mechanisms”.

The conference intends to explore the normative powers of IMs taken as a whole. It relies on a forthcoming publication on the Chinese JIL (in its December 2020 issue, titled “From ‘is’ to ‘ought’: The Development of Normative Powers of UN Investigative Mechanisms”, authored by Dr Ginevra Le Moli) and presents the nature, extent and evolution of IMs normative powers over time. The study is based on a research of two years that has charted normative powers on the basis of a structured analysis of (i) the mandates of 69 IMs established between 1963 and 2020 and (ii) 121 reports from these IMs published in the same period of time. The analysis has studied the powers conferred in their mandates, identifying changes over time, and patterns in their practical implementation.

The Symposium will be held online on the 28 January 2021 (14:00-15:30, GVA Time), using the Zoom platform. To register for the event, please send a short email with your name and affiliation to by 27 January 2021 (noon). On the day of the event, you will also be able to join via a link that will be shared in due course.