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Within the Venice Academy of Human Rights programme of excellence for human rights education, the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) organizes a seminar called “Backlash against Human Rights?”. The event will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice - Lido (Italy) from 4 to 13 July 2106.
International and regional human rights systems have witnessed remarkably outspoken critiques that emphasise a movement back towards the nation State and national sovereignty. The European Court of Human Rights is occasionally openly criticised, if not attacked, for overstepping its competencies and intervening in national affairs. National supreme courts reassert their own status and authority. In addition, fundamental freedoms have been restricted in the name of security and greater national interests.Moreover, a new radicalisation of politics that sheds doubts both economically and socially on the viability of the European Union and on other regional integration projects.
The 2016 Venice Academy of Human Rights aims at analysing these developments from an institutional, legal, political and interdisciplinary perspective. Lectures and seminars by the distinguished faculty focus on the expansion and resistance to human rights obligations, counter-terrorist laws and policies, restrictions of civil liberties, processes of exclusion and redistribution in society, and the legitimacy crisis of human rights courts.
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) which is an internationally leading institution for research and education. The Venice Academy provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in human rights research, education and training. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research, innovation and exchange of current knowledge.
The application deadline is on 29 May 2016. Until 17 April 2016, the Academy offers a reduced registration fee for “early birds”. The seminar is open to academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students. For further information please check the link below.