Event information

13-17 November 2018

The 2018 Human Rights Week

Event

Flyer of the Human Rights Week Flyer of the Human Rights Week

Chaired by Micheline Calmy-Rey, former President of the Swiss Confederation and visiting professor at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, the Human Rights Week is organized in collaboration with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Geneva Academy.

The 2018 edition will notably focus on the protection of human rights in the digital age.

Programme

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will discuss the complex daily challenges the world is facing in a public lecture on ‘Human rights in a new era’, on Wednesday, 14 November.

The lecture will be preceded on Tuesday, 13 November by an opening roundtable on ‘Being a Human Rights Defender in 2018’

This year’s edition also includes:

  • 4 round tables on migration and international solidarity, innovations in defending and promoting human rights, Syria and the human rights responsibilities of multinational corporations
  • 4 performances of Dominique Ziegler’s play ‘La Route du Levant’, followed by debates with students associations and the public
  • A two-day conference on ‘Human rights and cyberspace’ and debates for secondary school students

 You can find here the programme of Human Rights Week.

Our Experts

Our Director, Professor Marco Sassòli, will chair a panel on 15 November at 11:00 am on the challenges of cybersecurity for human rights.

Location

University of Geneva, Rue Général-Dufour 24 (Uni Dufour) and Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40 (Uni Mail), Geneva

Access

Uni Dufour

Tram 15 - Stop Cirque or Plainpalais

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Uni Mail

Tram 15 - Stop Uni Mail

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