Book of the Week: “The UN Human Rights Council: A Practical Anatomy” by 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.

Publisher: Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Call Number: 342.7 HEIA 127072


Event: Book launch at the Geneva Academy on Tuesday, 20 October, 12:30-14:00, on-site and online

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Some services suspended due to the migration of the library catalogue (Oct. 23 – Dec. 7)

On December 7th 2020, the Institute’s Library will join the new network of the Swiss scientific and academic libraries, the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP), along with more than 470 other libraries. From this date on, our print collections and electronic resources to which we subscribe will only be accessible through the search engine of this new platform: swisscovery. The current RERO Explore will be disabled.

Between October 23th and December 7th, 30 million bibliographic references will migrate to the new platform. This transition phase will result in a limitation of some services such as requests for:

  • Interlibrary loans
  • New acquisition suggestions

Loans and returns will still be possible. The RERO Explore catalogue will remain available during that time.

The Library is aware of the impact these limitations may have on your academic activities during this transition period and apologises for the inconvenience these may cause.


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Limited reopening of the Library on June 8

The Library reading room will reopen on Monday, 8 June. Access remains restricted to Graduate Institute staff and students only. Opening times are Monday-Friday, 09:00-20:00, until the end of the semester.

Social distancing measures are still applicable: the group study bubbles will remain closed, as well as the Davis lounge and the computer lab. The number of admissions in the reading room will be limited.

External users who need to return books may call through the interphone on the door of Petal 1 from 09:00 to 16:00. They will not be able to borrow new titles or access the reading room.

For more information, please check our website: https://graduateinstitute.ch/library

E-book of the week: “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America”, by Jody David Armour

“Racism and racial discrimination are blights on the glory of American democracy. They wither hopes, dreams and ambitions of millions of Americans. Left unchecked, they pose the greatest internal threat to this nation’s peace and prosperity. To remove them, we must first expose them, not allowing them to hide behind the calculators and pocket protectors of “rational discriminators” or beneath the robes of judges and senators. Then we must gain deeper insights into our unconscious, habitual responses to stereotyped groups, finding ways to break bad habits and answer the call of what Abraham Lincoln called the “higher angels of our nature.”

https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qfpg3

Publisher: New York University Press, 1997