31 March 2016

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
2016 Venice Academy of Human Rights: Backlash against Human Rights?
4-13 July 2016, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice - Lido (Italy)

Deadline for application: 29 May 2016. 'Early birds' registration until 17 April 2016

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a centre 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.

Backlash against Human Rights?
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. We are also witnessing 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 looks at 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.

At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.

All information on the The 2016 Venice Academy of Human Rights can be found here.

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