Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis

Panel Discussion with Arnd Bauerkämper, Tomer Broude and Anne Peters, moderated by Helmut Aust

Human rights are under pressure - academically from the perspective of critical approaches, viewing them as a continuation of western power politics by other means. Politically and socially, human rights are a target for various populist movements that are hostile to its very ambition. But how do these developments impact on human rights law? How is the scholarship of human rights (and its law) affected by this development? And how does the practice of human rights institutions react to this changing environment?

This panel discussion departs from the assumption that it is time to move beyond the diagnosis of the various crises such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Rather, it is the ambition of this event to clear the ground for a more nuanced and differentiated analysis. How does "the crisis" play out in various regional human rights systems? Is it a Eurocentric worldview that a backlash against human rights law in Western societies is deemed to automatically affect the entire world? Are there specific treaty regimes at the universal level which continue more or less unaffected by the current situation? The participants to the panel discussion will take a fresh look at these questions from legal as well as from historical and policy perspectives.

Prof. Tomer Broude: Associate Professor, Sylvan M. Cohen Chair in Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard): Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Prof. Dr. Arnd Bauerkämper: Professor of Modern European History, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Helmut Aust: Professor for Public Law and the Internationalisation of the Legal Order, Free University Berlin

The event is hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in cooperation with "Human Rights under Pressure - Ethics, Law, and Politics" (HR-UP), a Joint Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program of FU Berlin & The Hebrew University Jerusalem.

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