The universal recognition of human rights has been often criticized for disregarding the reality and wealth of cultural diversity and the multiple interpretations of humanity and of basic needs.
Moving beyond the philosophical question of whether anything can be apprehended as universal in our multicultural world, this panel discussion will focus on the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the multiplication of new rights.
Panelists will debate on the necessity to reaffirm the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments, and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change in order to ‘save’ the current human rights regime.
This event is organised in partnership with the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.
You need to register to attend this event via the online form on the Graduate Institute's website.
Discover our plans for the upcoming academic year for or LLM in IHL and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform is collaborating with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and OHCHR in the development of an online database aimed at assessing the impact of the UN human rights treaty body system.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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