Author Archives: Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

About Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari is legal anthropologist specializing in human rights. She is currently a Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies where she is working on a monograph on UN human rights monitoring. Her recent publications include “Methodologically Blond at the UN in a Tactical Quest for Inclusion” (Social Anthropology, 2018) and Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights (Cambridge, 2015, co-edited with Pamela Slotte).

Consultancy, Confidentiality & Scholarly Responsibility: Glimpses from the UN OHCHR

Last December the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, commissioned an ethnographic consultancy of the organizational culture of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The consultancy was assigned to a team consisting of Agathe Mora, Julie Billaud, and myself, three political and legal anthropologists who combined have extensive experience in the ethnography of human rights and international organizations. The call for the consultancy outlined as its motivations the desire to “identify remaining barriers and obstacles to, Continue reading →