9-10 December: International Conference “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective”

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the full programme of the forthcoming International Conference “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective.” The conference will take place from 9 to 11 December 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. Further details of the event are available here.

This international conference aims to explore the foundations and implications of human rights fragmentation and integration. Human rights law today is characterised by the coexistence of a large variety of norms, which leads to a compartmentalised view of human rights. Yet, its ‘users’ (rights holders, duty bearers and other actors) are confronted simultaneously with multiple and often uncoordinated layers of human rights law. This three-day conference invites human rights scholars to add an integrated perspective of human rights law to their work and to reflect upon opportunities and obstacles created by the complex architecture of human rights law.

The conference will feature thought-provoking lectures by renowned keynote speakers, such as Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo), Olivier De Schutter (UCL), Maya Hertig-Randall (University of Geneva), Patricia Pinto Soares (European University Institute) and Balakrishnan Rajagopal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), among others. Moreover, outstanding legal and socio-legal scholars will be presenting, in five parallel panel sessions, on a wide range of topicsconcerning human rights fragmentation and integration in the following tracks:

• Track 1 – Theorizing fragmentation and integration in human rights law
• Track 2 – Convergence and divergence within international human rights law
• Track 3 – Convergence and divergence between national and international human  rights law
• Track 4 – Convergence and divergence between international human rights law and other branches of international law
• Track 5 – Human rights are useless/useful

Registration for the conference is open until 15 November 2015. You can register here. Registration is possible for the whole conference (three days) or for only one or two days. Also notice that a reduced rate is available to master students. Registrations are processed on a first come first served basis.

The three-day event also includes a poster exhibition, a children’s rights walk, a publishers’ stall, human rights documentaries as well as a conference reception and dinner.

The full programme of the Conference can be consulted here.
The schedule for the panel sessions can be found here

Should you require further information, do not hesitate to contact us via hrcevent@ugent.be

We encourage you to distribute this announcement to your colleagues and other organisations and persons who may be interested in this conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Ghent!
Yours sincerely,

Scientific Committee:  Prof. Antoine Bailleux – Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles; Prof. Eva Brems – Ghent University; Prof. Emmanuelle Bribosia – Université libre de Bruxelles; Prof. Koen De Feyter – University of Antwerp; Prof. Paul De Hert – Vrije Universiteit Brussels; Dr. Ellen Desmet – Ghent University / University of Antwerp; Prof. Yves Haeck – Ghent University; Prof. Barbara Oomen – Utrecht University; Prof. Isabelle Rorive – Université libre de Bruxelles; Prof. Stefaan Smis – Free University of Brussels; Prof. Wouter Vandenhole – University of Antwerp; Prof. Sébastien Van Drooghenbroeck – Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles.

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