INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON HUMAN RIGHTS: EMERGING CHALLENGES
70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948-2018)
International human rights law, a young and consolidating discipline, is nowadays facing formidable challenges, which threaten the peace and security of peoples and citizens by generating a climate of anxiety and disorientation. These challenges demand prompt and effective responses. The disjunctive between freedom and security, or, if one prefers, safeguards versus effectiveness, is being reviewed continuously and is coming under pressure, which leads to perceiving the legacy of international law rather as an obstacle than a solution.
For that reason, the Congress aims to take stock of the evolution of international human rights law, to diagnose its existing situation and reflect on its future by answering to the question: do human rights have a future? In order to do so, the Congress will be structured into five thematic areas.
The first area will take stock of the evolution of this sector within the legal system and will make a diagnosis of its virtues and primary challenges. Then, three global problems with global impact will be analysed, looking at how these issues are being approached and how international human rights law should approach them. In particular, the emerging challenges of diversity management, refugees and international terrorism will be explored in-depth.