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Global Human Rights at Risk? Challenges, Prospects, and Reforms

Thursday 6 June 2019 - Friday 7 June 2019
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague
Exact location to be announced

This multidisciplinary conference aims to examine key debates and perspectives arising from various contemporary challenges to international human rights and emancipatory politics. First, the conference examines whether, and if so, how the apparently declining influence of the West, the rise of authoritarianism, and increasing material inequality within and between nations could impact the legitimacy and effectiveness of international human rights. Second, the conference invites new and radical perspectives that aim to reinvent the future of transnational human rights norms and human dignity — its substantive content, ethical assumptions, as well as its representative global and national institutions. Third, the conference brings together leading and promising scholars in conversation with human rights practitioners in an effort to bring a dynamic and fruitful debate that bridges theory and practice.

This two-day conference will be held in The Hague — the political capital of the Netherlands and a multicultural city that hosts many important international organizations including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. We hope that the conference would be a starting point towards building an international network of scholars and practitioners interested in rethinking emancipatory politics and human rights during these very challenging times.

Registration for the panel sessions has been closed. However, the keynote speeches are open to join:

6th of June

9.00 – 11.15

Keynote Speech – Prof. Dr. Stephen Hopgood (SOAS, London) 
Schouwburgstraat, room A0.06

7th of June

9.00 – 10.30

Keynote Speech – Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse (Free University of Berlin)
Schouwburgstraat, room A0.06 

16.30– 18.00

Keynote Speech – Prof. Dr. Emilie Hafner-Burton (University of California, San Diego)
Schouwburgstraat, room A0.06

Find the full tentative programme here!

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