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Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis – Panel Discussion

18 July 2017 @ 19:3021:00

“Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis”

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

on Tuesday, 18 July, 19:30 – 21:00 at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Einstein-Saal, Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 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.

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.


• Professor Arnd Bauerkämper, Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin

• Professor Tomer Broude, Sylvan M. Cohen Chair in Law, The Hebrew University Jerusalem

• Professor Anne Peters, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Adjunct Professor at the University of Basel, Honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg and at Freie Universität Berlin

• Professor Helmut Aust, Department of Law, Freie Universität Berlin (Moderator).

A reception at the Academy’s rooftop terrace, overlooking the Gendarmenmarkt, is to follow. The evening shall also provide an opportunity to meet and greet more than 40 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows of the Joint Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics” (HR-UP) who will be gathering in Berlin for the HR-UP Summer School 2017.

The panel discussion will be livestreamed on “Verfassungsblog“.


18 July 2017
19:30 – 21:00


Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Jägerstraße 22/23
Berlin, Berlin 10117
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