Call for Papers: Challenging Human Rights Disenchantment 50 years on from the ICCPR and ICESCR

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University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Sussex

Challenging Human Rights Conference

Conference Date

Friday 27 January 2017


Fulton A Lecture theatre, University of Sussex, BN1 9RH

Conference Fees

Full rate £30 / Early bird rate (ends 31 Oct 2016) £25 / NGOs and postgraduate students £20 / Conference speakers (for those who have submitted a proposal) £20 / University of Sussex postgraduate students-no fee

International conference: Challenging human rights disenchantment 50 years on from the ICCPR and ICESCR

The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Sussex will be hosting a conference on Friday 27 January 2017: Challenging Human Rights Disenchantment 50 Years on from the ICCPR and ICESCR.

This international and interdisciplinary academic conference will involve a series of sessions linked together by the common theme of considering different forms (political, legal, social) of disenchantment with the state of human rights 50 years after the adoption of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and whether and how any such disillusionment is being, or can be, challenged.

Keynote speakers

The conference will open with a plenary session, taking a reflective approach, asking ‘How real is human rights disenchantment 50 years after adoption of the ICCPR and ICESCR?’. This opening plenary features two keynote speakers:Professor Sir Nigel Rodley of the University of Essex (UK), and member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee; and Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The closing plenary will look to the future, enquiring ‘Where to now? How can we challenge human rights disenchantment?’. Keynote speakers are: Professor Andrew Clapham of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland); and Professor Pamela Palmater of Ryerson University (Canada).

Thematic sessions

Three sets of parallel breakout sessions will follow the opening plenary session, each focussing on a thematic human rights issue. 

Call for papers

Registration and Payment

 Pre-conference public event

The academic conference will be preceded by a public event, on the evening of Thursday 26 January, involving a panel discussion to debate the question ‘Where next for human rights in the UK?’. Further details concerning this event are to come.