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Conference Programme

Monday, 27th November 2017


Venue: Palazzo del Bo, Aula Nievo

8:30 – 9:00:  Registration

9:00 – 9:30: Welcome Addresses

Rosario Rizzuto, Rector, University of Padova

Marco Mascia, Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Padova

Giuseppe Giordan, Ph.D Coordinator, International Joint Ph.D Programme “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance”

Marcella Bonchio, Vice Rector for Research, University of Padova

Annalisa Oboe, Vice Rector for Cultural, Social and Gender Relations, University of Padova


9:30 – 11:30:  Opening plenary session

Chair: Elena Pariotti, Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova, Italy

Todd Landman, University of Nottingham, UK
Rigorous Morality: Transdisciplinary Research and the Advance of Human Rights

Linda Hogan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Situated (Religious) Communities and the Promotion of Human Rights: Challenges and Prospects

Koen De Feyter, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Leaving No One Behind in Human Rights Research

11:30 – 12:00: Discussion


 Venue: Human Rights Centre/Aula Nievo

14:00 – 16:15: Parallel Research Panels

Panel 1. 'Genocide, Ecocide and Minority Protections' 
Chair: Damien Short and Corinne Lennox, Human Rights Consortium, University of London, UK

Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway and Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland
Dum Vivimus Vivamus. The Tamils in Sri Lanka: a Right to Internal Self-determination

Giulia Sajeva, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy       
Human Rights in the Anthropocene. Looking at Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Rights to Environmental Stewardship

Malaka Shwaikh and Ayat Hamdan, Exeter University, UK          
Human Rights Violations and Everyday Resistance in the Gaza Strip

Ann Marie Thake, Superior Court of Justice of Malta        
The Introduction of the Crime of Cultural Ecocide as a Tool for the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage

Shannon Maree Torrens, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia        
Environmental Destruction at the International Criminal Court: Benefits and Challenges


Panel 2. ‘Social Justice, Equity, Human Rights and Public Health’
Chair: Roberto De Vogli, Human Rights Centre, University of Padova, Italy

Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Defending Health Solidarity in Challenging Circumstances: New Public Goods Theory, Public Health Ethics and Human Rights

P Sree Sudha, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vizag, India
Interface between Traditional Knowledge & Human Rights in Realizing Right to Health and Health Care

Yi-Bin Chang, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan, and Mab Huang, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
Economic Change and the Structure of Opportunity for Low-educated Workers in Taiwan

Laís Kondo Claus, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Emanuele Seicenti de Brito, University of São Paulo, Brazil, Brazil, and Luciana Morilas Romano, University of São Paulo, Brazil
The Application of Pursuit of Happiness Principle in Brazilian Jurisprudence

Alexander Sieber, Columbia University, New York, USA 
Spiritual Rights?

Mary L. Radnofsky, Dementia Action Alliance, USA
The Dehumanization of People Like Me and 47 Million of My Closest Friends With Dementia


Panel 3. ‘Applying a Human Rights Based Approach to Human Rights Research’
ChairPeter Johansson, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Luca Bonadiman, Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School, USA
The "Good" Researcher: On the Dark Side of Human Rights Based Methods

Martha Bouziouri, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece, Orhan Ceka, Centre for South-Eastern European Studies, University of Graz, Austria, Mietta Eleni Kyrios, University of Melbourne, Australia and Martina Zuliani, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia  
Employing HRBA in the Framework of Refugee Development Programs: Aspects of Inclusion, Representation and Integration

Dennis A. Francis, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Applying Participatory Art-based Methods as a Mode of Inquiry to Challenge Homophobic Violence in South African Schools

Marco Perolini, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Human Rights as Legal Norms or Ideals for Social Justice? Rethinking the Ontology and Epistemology of Human Rights Research


16:30– 18:45: Parallel Research Panels

Panel 4.‘Bringing Home Human Rights – Research on Human Rights Protection from a Local Perspective’ 
ChairGerd Oberleitner, UNESCO Chair Human Rights and Human Security, University of Graz and Lisa Heschl, European Training Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, University of Graz, Austria

Elaine Webster,  Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK           
Civil Society Engagement with Human Rights Law at Local Levels: Alienating or Empowering?

Nora Ho Tu Nam, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa        
Local Authorities and the Protection of Human Rights in Africa

Admir A, Duraj, Centre for Legal and Strategic Research [Studio D], Albania
Reforming Local Government as a Response for Human Rights Obligations

Matteo Daicampi, University of Udine, Italy         
Effective Participation of Minorities in Public Affairs in the Local Government: Towards a “Subsidiarity” in Diversity Accomodation?

Danish Sheikh, Jindal Global Law School and Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology, India
Navigating Legal Gender Recognition in India – Translating Human Rights

Julianne Freire de Souza, University of Padova, Italy
The Promotion of Local Policies in Human Rights, Protected of External Influence and How the Results are Effected by the Local Perspective


Panel 5. ‘Interculturality and Human Rights’ 
ChairAndré Dizdarevic, Institut des Droits de l’Homme, Lyon Catholic University, France

Marcella Ferri, University of Bergamo, Italy           
From the Right to Take Part in Cultural Life to the Right to Cultural Identity: the Evolution of the International Protection of Cultural Rights

Magdalena Ratajczak, Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland         
Rethinking Public Diplomacy: the Role of Interculturality and Human Rights

Sonia Boulos, University of Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid, Spain
Reconciling Universalism and Particularism: Can Religion Play any Role in Promoting the Rights of Muslim Women in Europe?

Matteo Tracchi, University of Padova, Italy         
Learning to Live Together: an Analysis of the Council of Europe Report on the State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

Assi Harkoma, Artic Centre of University of Lapland, Finland
Interculturality and Human Rights Research - Based on the Report on human and fundamental rights research in Finland

Catherine Renshaw, Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
Interculturality, Human Rights and Regionalism: the Challenge from Southeast Asia


Panel 6. 'Women's Rights and Scientific Research: Continuities, Shifts and Challenges for the Future'
ChairFouzia Rhissassi, UNESCO Chair Women and her Rights, Ibn -Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Alice Baroni, Interdepartmental Research Centre on Gender Studies, University of Padova, Italy      
Women’s Rights, (Visual) Media, and Political Mobilisation in Brazil: A Participatory Exploration of the Brazilian (Female) Photographers Movement

Khourn Chantevy, Actionaid Cambodia   
Women’s Participation in Politics in Cambodia

Azadeh Dastyari, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Too Far Away to Hear her Screams?: Human rights Scholarship and the Muted Voices of Refugee Women in Australia’s Detention Centre in Nauru

Paola Degani and Claudia Pividori, Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova, Italy   
Ending Violence against Women as Testing Ground for Women's Human Rights Research: Practices, Limits and Challenges

Michela Patti, Association ‘Dafne Futura’, Italy
Discriminations, Violences against Women and Violation of Human Rights: Importance of a "Gender Research"

Inés Romero Parra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain 
Gender, Immigration and Irregularity. Intersectionality as a required Analysis Tool


 Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Venue: Palazzo del Bo, Aula Nievo 

9:00 – 10:30: 

Welcome Address

Alessandro Paccagnella, Vice Rector for International Relations, University of Padova


Plenary Session ‘Needs and expectations from human rights research: the view from non-academic sectors’

Chair: Paolo De Stefani, Human Rights Centre, University of Padova

Anna Neistat, Amnesty International, UK
New Age of Human Rights Research Methodology: Innovation, Communication, Action

Wolfgang Heinz, German Institute of Human Rights, Germany
The Role of Research in the Work of National Human Rights Institutions

Antoine Meyer, French National Asylum Court (Cour Nationale du Droit d’Asile), France
Informing the Public, Policy and/or Decision-making: a Few Thoughts on Asylum and EU Human Rights Research

10:30 – 11:00 Discussion


11:15 – 12:00: Closing key-note speech 

David McCoy, Queen Mary University, London, UK
Riding two Horses: The Challenges of Conducting Academic Research while also Engaging Politically



The Conference is organised  by the University of Padova Human Rights Centre, in the framework of the activities of the International Joint Ph.D. Programme 'Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance', in collaboration with: UNESCO Chair 'Human Rights Democracy and Peace', University of Padova; Human Rights Consortium, University of London; School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg; European Training Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security, University of Graz; UNESCO Chair ‘Woman and her rights’, Ibn -Tofail University, Kenitra; and Institut des Droits de l’Homme, Lyon Catholic University. Each of these institutes has cooperated in the organisation and management of one of the conference's research panels.

The Conference, promoted in the framework of the celebrations for the 35th anniversary of the institution of the University of Padova Human Rights Centre (1982-2017), is organised with the sponsorship of the University of Padova and of the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, and in cooperation with the Bachelor Degree Programme in 'Political Science, International Relations, Human Rights' and the Master's Degree Programme in 'Human Rights and Multi-level Governance'.

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