Walter Kaelin

Walter Kaelin
Universität Bern | UniBe · Institute of Public Law

Dr.iur. (Bern); LL.M (Harvard)

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Publications (48)
Technical Report
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The report takes stock of achievements and lessons learnt of the Somalia Durable Solutions Initiative and presents a set of options to achieve a situation whereby Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities are no longer left behind and able to rebuild their lives and aroin main-stream society.
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Experience shows that both sudden- and slow-onset disasters can result in displacement. Indeed, disasters now account for the largest number of newly displaced people each year - more than violence or conflict. At times, areas of land may be rendered too unsafe for continued human habitation, requiring evacuations or planned relocations of affected...
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Every year millions of people are forced to leave their homes in times of disasters linked to natural hazards and effects of climate change. This reality creates specific protection needs for displaced persons and is increasingly recognised by the international community as one of the big humanitarian challenges of the 21st century that needs to be...
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The right to vote and to stand for elections is a fundamental human right. Guaranteed by several international human rights conventions, this right is also central to the constitutional order of states. International human rights bodies are challenged to strike an appropriate balance between enforcing individual rights and respecting the sovereign...
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The study expands on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and the 2016 call by the UN General Assembly for humanitarian and development actors to work towards collective outcomes. It examines in more detail why the New Way of Working is critical to reverse the trend of more and more IDPs living in protracted displacement and what nee...
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Die Studie untersucht die Präsenz, Bedeutung und Konfliktträchtigkeit von angebrachten und getragenen religiösen Zeichen und Symbole in öffentlichen Gebäuden in der Schweiz und befasst sich mit der Frage, ob diesbezüglich Gesetzgebungsbedarf besteht..
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This report provides a general overview of the international law issues relating to sea-level rise, (forced) migration and human rights. The first part provides a brief account of “What We Know and What We Can Expect”, discussing sea-level rise and its impacts, and then, in turn, their relationship and interaction with the criteria of statehood, hu...
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This chapter first provides an overview of the global and regional realities and trends related to disaster displacement, including when such displacement is likely to occur. It then describes the cross-cutting nature of policy areas that need to be engaged when developing a comprehensive response to disaster displacement, identifying the corres- p...
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The acknowledgement that non-access to justice and impunity are widespread in Kenya is an important motive behind the present judicial reforms undertaken in Kenya. Building upon and further developing Viñuales' distinction between functional and structural aspects of impunity, this article discusses cases of urban mob-justice and conflicts over lan...
Technical Report
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Die Studie fasst die Ergebnisse iner grossangelegten Untersuchung des Schweizerischen Kompetenzzentrums für Menschenrechte (SKMR) zusammen. Sie hat zum Ziel zu klären ob die in der Schweizer Rechtsordnung vorgesehenen Rechts normen in der Praxis einen effektiven und angemessenen Diskriminierungsschutz gewährleisten und wie der Zugang zur Justiz bei...
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This chapter looks at the UPR as ritual and considers its tendency to be ritualistic. It does so by examining it from a functional perspective and asking whether and to what extent it brings UN member states together to rally around the common cause of human rights and thus contributes to making human rights a truly universal endeavour; helps to af...
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Human rights as a product of modernity are hugely successful in terms of number of treaties and ratifications, activities of international human rights bodies, expansion into new areas such as relations between private actors, and real progress achieved in areas such as the abolition of the death penalty. At the same time, several contemporary deve...
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This book has been prepared to honour Prof. em. Dr. hc Joseph Voyame for his 86th birthday. The driving idea of this book is to reflect the determination for humanity and respect for human dignity which marked Joseph Voyame's life and work. As a visionary with clear values his distinguished work did not only encapsulate various interlinked domains,...
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The chapter identifies important areas where the UN Human Rights Committee has made important contributions to the fight against torture and was able to address issues not covered or only marginbally embraced by the Committee against Torture. These include torture in the context of fair trial; disappearances; the death penalty, and by private actor...
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Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: The Way Ahead - Volume 102 - Walter Kälin
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Das Buch stellt rechtspolitische Ansätze für den Umgang mit kulturell bedingten Grundrechtsansprüchen z.B. im Migrationskontext vor, die von der weltanschaulichen Neutralität des Staates bin hin zur Politik der Anerkennung und Konzepten des Minderheitenschutzes reichen. Es zeigt, wie Gerichte in Europa und den USA mit Grundrechtsproblemen etwa im B...
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What is the future of international treaty law? On the one hand, treaties are still proliferating despite the fact that, at least at the multilateral level, treaty-making is becoming increasingly more difficult in a highly pluralist and heterogeneous world. On the other hand, States that traditionally have been at the forefront of strengthening the...
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En los últimos cincuenta años, la lucha contra la tortura ha sido uno de los principales temas de interés del derecho relativo a los derechos humanos. El primer texto jurídico internacional para prohibir específicamente la «tortura» fue la Declaratión Universal de Derechos Humanos (artículo 5). El primer tratado para prohibir la tortura, el Conveni...
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Au cours des 50 dernières années, la lutte contre la torture est devenue un sujet de préoccupation essentiel relevant des droits de l'homme. La Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme de 1948, dans son article 5, est le premier texte juridique international où la «torture» est déclarée illégale de manière spécifique. Le premier traité interdi...
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Over the past fifty years, the struggle against torture has become a central concern of human rights law. The first international legal text specifically outlawing “torture” was the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5). The first treaty prohibiting torture — the European Convention on human rights (Article 3) — was adopted soon af...
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The principle of due process requires that reasons be given for rejecting a non-national's request for asylum. One measure to achieve a faster, more efficient, and at the same time more uniform output of asylum decisions in Switzerland has been the introduction of so-called Textbausteine, standardized and computer-stored paragraphs, or textual elem...
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This article demonstrates how misunderstandings rooted in the differences between the asylum-seeker's and the official's cultural background can seriously distort the process of communication during the asylum-hearing and thus impair the ability of refugees from Third World countries to make their asylum-claims credible.
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It is a great honour for me and, indeed, a pleasure to address the Third Committee of the General Assembly today for the first time in my capacity as the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, following my appointment in September 2004. The mandate entrusted to me last year by the Commission on...
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En la actualidad, los derechos humanos obligan a los Estados a adoptar medidas para mitigar el riesgo de catástrofes naturales o provocadas por el hombre -incluidas las debidas al cambio climático- y evitar así los desplazamientos.
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Aunque resulta difícil adoptar una perspectiva objetiva sobre una empresa en la que uno ha participado plenamente, es justo afirmar que, en los últimos diez años, los Principios Rectores han demostrado su utilidad y su influencia, aunque también sus limitaciones.

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