Forthcoming Human Rights Symposium
Newcastle Human Rights Research Group Symposium: Human Rights – A Drop of Liberation or Fig Leaf of Legitimation?
Date & Venue: 23 January 2010, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, UK.
This symposium draws upon the proliferation of academic commentary asserting that the international human rights project is in a state of crisis in the first decade of the twenty-first century, requiring a re-evaluation of both its impact and its future direction. With papers from world leading authorities on human rights, this symposium provides a forum for assessing the effectiveness of human rights as an element of international law and in the domestic context of the United Kingdom in the face of these renewed and novel challenges. Moreover, this symposium draws together human rights sceptics and supporters from across disparate strands of transatlantic human rights scholarship.
Professor David Kennedy, Harvard University – ‘The International Human Rights Movement: Still Part of the Problem?’
Professor Christine Bell, University of Ulster – ‘Human rights activism, expertise and academic inquiry: beyond legitimation v emancipation – a self-critical reflection’
Professor Keith Ewing, Kings College London – Title TBC
Professor David Bonner, University of Leicester – ‘If you cannot change the rules of the game, adapt to them: United Kingdom responses to the restrictions set by Article 3 ECHR on “national security” deportations’
Mr. Steven Wheatley, Reader, University of Leeds – ‘The problematic authority of international human rights law.’
A limited number of places for delegates are available on a first-come-first-served basis, at a cost of £30 per head (or £10 per head for full-time postgraduates), inclusive of lunch and refreshments. Full details of the Conference Programme are available on the Newcastle Law School website.
Please make all cheques for delegate fees payable to Newcastle University and send them to Dr Rob Dickinson, Symposium Co-ordinator, Newcastle Law School, 21-24 Windsor Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7RU.