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The EU and Human Rights. Findings from the FRAME Project


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About the Conference

The FRAME project was launched in May 2013 and comes to an end in April 2017. Over these four years, we have accumulated a wealth of research results on a broad range of issues, and have publicized them in many different forms: comprehensive reports, policy briefs, academic articles, blogs, conferences, workshops, briefings, etc. All of this accounts for more than 8,000 pages of input and analysis, and close to 100 events across the EU and the world on the theme of the EU and human rights. Do not hesitate to visit the publications and events section of this website to browse through our output.

On 26 April 2017, you are invited to FRAME’s final conference at the Royal Academy in Brussels. EU officials, practitioners, academics and civil society members will gather to discuss themes linked to the EU and human rights during keynote speeches, panel discussions and a high-level roundtable.

This final conference will also be the occasion to present the FRAME outcome document, which will outline the project’s main findings and list key recommendations for the EU institutions.

There is no conference fee.



In participation with

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts



Workshop in Utrecht: Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience

As part of the FRAME project the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) organizes an academic workshop on Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience on 5 April 2017. This workshop aims to bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars working on the intersections of human rights and the notion of vulnerability.

In recent years, vulnerability has emerged as a concept in human rights law. The concept has been used to elaborate states’ obligations towards people who are particularly at risk of suffering human rights violations. At the same time, human rights law and institutions are vulnerable themselves. Populist movements foster a backlash against human rights. In the face of this backlash, can an emphasis on the idea of universal human vulnerability strengthen human rights? Does the concept of vulnerability hold potential to make human rights live up to its universalist aspirations?

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FRA 10 Years Anniversary Symposium

Government officials, diplomats, civil society representatives and those charged with making human rights relevant for the general public will come together on 28 February in Vienna to mark the 10th anniversary of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The anniversary provides the framework for participants to discuss the situation of human rights in Europe today and look to the future on how to ensure that human rights remains central to tackling the various challenges that the EU currently faces.

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Workshop in Pretoria: The European Union and Human Rights in Africa

FRAME and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria organise this workshop on ‘The European Union and Human Rights in Africa‘.

Human rights, democracy and rule of law are high on the agenda in the relations between the European Union (EU) and Africa. However, despite slogans like ‘2 unions, 1 vision’ there are many deeply contested issues between the two regional blocs. This seminar that is held in the framework of the project ‘Fostering for Human Rights among European Policies’ (Frame) explores visions, practice and scenarios for the future of the EU’s relationship with Africa.

Registration: Please RSVP to Magnus Killander, by 6 February.

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Op-Ed: ‘The Colombian Peace Accord: A Beacon of Hope in a Dark Year for Human Rights’

Straal van hoopThe 10th of December is “Human Rights Day”: on this day, now 68 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. However, there is not much to celebrate this year. War crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria and many other conflicts around the world have become a daily reality. Nationalism and populism are on the rise worldwide, the fight against terrorism has put pressure on the delicate balance between security and human rights, and the gap between the rich and the poor is widening every single day. And yet there are some beacons of hope. The Colombian peace accord is one of them.

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Op-Ed: ‘The EU’s Commitment to Human Rights: A Bridge Over Troubled Water?’

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor csdp missionOver the years since its creation, the EU has developed a unique commitment to human rights, culminating with the Lisbon Treaty, which gave binding status to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and listed human rights among the Union’s foundational values. This commitment means that human rights must consistently be the Union’s compass for action. On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, it is no luxury to restate this, and to take stock of how this commitment is being implemented in troubled times. For human rights are increasingly threatened, both within the EU and in the rest of the world.
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New Reports Online

Over the last few months, FRAME research has accelerated, and many results have been obtained. This has led to a surge of new reports published on the FRAME website on a wide variety of themes. We expect a dozen more reports to appear in the coming weeks.

For a full update, please visit the complete list of reports. By clicking on the title of a report, you will be redirected to a summary of its contents and will be able to download the pdf file.

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Venice School of Human Rights, FRAME Panel ‘The European Union for Human Rights Defenders – failures, successes, and future challenges’

A Frame Panel was hosted as Plenary Meeting (29 June 2016, 14.30-1630, Aula Magna) by the Venice School of Human Rights at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). Observations were presented by the FRAME team (Prof. Wolfgang Benedek and Dr. Pierre Schmitt) and were followed by the response from the EU institutions (Garrett O’Brien, Policy Officer in the Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation Division of the European External Action Service, and the voice from the civil society community itself (Gaëlle Dusepulchre, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDHR) Representative to the European Union).
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Report on EU and Member State competences in human rights

This report is submitted in connection with Work Package 8 of the FP7 FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies) project. The report falls within Cluster Two, tasked to look at the actors in the European Union’s Multi-Level, Multi-Actor Human Rights Engagement. Work Package 8, ‘Coherence Among EU Institutions and Member States’, examines the principles, competences, actions and interactions of EU institutions andthe Member States that characterise human rights policies and that lead to coherence or incoherence in the EU and Member States’ promotion of human rights. Having examined the potential for ‘horizontal’ coherence and incoherence in the Work Package’s first report, 8.1, ‘Report on coherence of human rights policymaking in EU Institutions and other EU agencies and bodies’, this report examines ‘vertical’ coherence and incoherence, produced by the interaction between the EU and its institutions and the Member States.

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