Dr Claire Callejon is a senior researcher at the Paris Human Rights Center and has been part of the Geneva Academy Platform on Treaty Body Review since 2017. Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, the United Nations human rights machinery and asylum and refugee law.
During the drafting and the adoption of the Convention, Claire was working as a legal adviser with the International Commission of Jurists and followed the process closely, engaging with all relevant actors, including State representatives and organizations of victims and their families. Since then, Claire has worked as a consultant specializing in legal research for human rights NGOs and more recently for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She also worked as a judge assessor appointed by the UNHCR at the French National Court of Asylum, the court of appeal for asylum seekers in France. As part of her recent consultancies for OHCHR and the Geneva Academy, Claire has worked on UN human rights treaty body communications, including the right to reparation and remedies in treaty body jurisprudence.
Dr Callejon holds a PhD in Public Law from Paris II University (Panthéon-Assas) which she completed under the supervision of Pr. Emmanuel Decaux. Her PhD dissertation focused on the reform of the UN Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Council. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the same university.
Ewoud Plate is currently Trainer and Consultant at Footwork Consultancy. He has built up an expertise on management for development, focusing in particular on advocacy and policy influencing and on capacity-building of civil society organisations during almost a full decade at MDF Training and Consultancy.
Prior to this, Ewoud has been in charge of the Programme Linking Solidarity at Aim for Human Rights in the Netherlands. This project facilitated learning exchanges and joint advocacy for associations of relatives of disappeared persons worldwide. Among the many activities conducted between 2002 to 2011, the programme Linking Solidarity accompanied relatives associations and federations during the drafting and negotiation of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. The programme LS also assisted in the consolidation of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), the creation of the Euro-Mediterranean Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED) and the launching of the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED).
Ewoud graduated from the European Master in Human Rights and democratisation in Venice in 1998 (hosted at the time by the University of Padua, now by the EIUC), after having completed history studies in The Netherlands. He started building up his experience on human rights with the European Lobbying project of Amnesty International in Brussels, and at the Human rights Unit dealing with external relations at the European Commission. He turned into a human rights field practitioner by serving in UN peacekeeping missions (MINUGUA, UNAMET and UNTAET) and as a programme manager at UNDP in Kazakhstan.
He joined the CEDI project team as from April 2023.