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AHRI Conference 2017: The Promotion and Enforcement of Human Rights by International and Regional Organizations

27 April - 28 April

About the 2017 AHRI Conference

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Human rights standards, even if they express humanity’s most basic values, do not suffice and need to be administered, that is, promoted, monitored and enforced in order to be effective.

States have naturally been placed in the front line of respect for, and protection of, human rights. However, State governments are entrusting international and regional organizations with ever more tasks to manage issues of international or regional relevance. One of the responsibilities of such organizations may precisely be to better protect and promote human rights on a wide scale. Examples are well-known, from the United Nations and the UN system at global level to regional organizations such as the Council of Europe with its European Convention/Court of Human Rights, the Organization of American States and the Inter-American System, the African Union and its African Convention and Court. More recently, the European Union has made a firm commitment in its founding treaties to promote and protect human rights through all its competences and policies, both internally and externally.

There is much potential in international and regional organizations for the purpose of protecting and promoting human rights. First of all, many of these organizations cover wide territories, in which human rights standards can be disseminated. Second, these organizations have institutional frameworks which can be put to use for promoting and enforcing human rights. Third, regional organizations may implement human rights standards in ways which are adapted to the region considered, while respecting their universal character. Finally, specialized organizations may help evidence the impacts of subject-specific and sometimes very technical policies on human rights. This being said, many global and regional organizations currently face daunting challenges in terms of their effectiveness, capacity and finances, and sometimes face threats of exits by, or constitutional challenges in, some of their Member States.

The 2017 AHRI Conference suggests to take a broad and comparative view on the potential, but also the challenges of international and regional organizations in promoting and enforcing human rights.


Click here to register. A conference fee of 70 euros is applicable for each registered participant and payable on receipt of the invoice.


27 April
28 April
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Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies


Historic Irish College
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Leuven, Belgium
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