CfP: „Human Rights and Violence“, Dubrovnik

Vom 24. bis 30. August diesen Jahres findet am Inter University Center Dubrovnik eine Tagung zum Thema „Human Rights and Violence“ statt. Wie auch aus dem CfP hervorgeht, zielt diese auf den interdisziplinären Austausch zwischen Philosophie, Rechts- und Politikwissenschaft. Organisiert wird die Tagung von Bernd Ladwig, Georg Lohmann und Ana Matan. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15. Mai. Das Programm mit allen Details gibt es hier als pdf oder nach dem Klick.

“The Diversity of Human Rights: Human Rights and Violence” Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, 24 – 30 August 2014

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Bernd Ladwig, Freie Universität Berlin, Prof Dr. Georg Lohmann, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Dr. Ana Matan, University of Zagreb

The annual course addresses several problems within the human rights discourse. The participants come from different countries and bring in different disciplinary competences relevant for human rights theory and practice. The course aims at an interdisciplinary debate, especially between philosophy, jurisprudence, and political science. Additionally, it wants to establish a dialogue between researchers and human rights activists from the region.

The topic of this year’s course will be “Human Rights and Violence”. At first sight, it seems pretty clear that these are mutually exclusive concepts: it is the very function of human rights and the rule of law to replace relations of violence by relations regulated by rules and principles acceptable for all concerned. We need human rights to enjoy social guarantees so that conflicts and various ways of conflict-resolution will not violate our basic interests and dignity.
But we should also realize that human rights have an ‘interventionist core’. Taking them seriously does not only imply to respect human rights. It additionally entails duties to protect and to help others whose human rights are at risk or violated. In that regard, no social sphere and even no other state should be immune from external interference if that is necessary to realize basic rights. In fact, some proponents of a ‘political conception’ of human rights argue that the very point and purpose of human rights is to set limits to the sovereignty of states, i.e. human rights violations are regarded as reasons for legitimate intervention.

The organizers invite researchers to send in abstracts which address some of the problems and tensions just indicated, concerning the concept, conceptions, implementation and/or enforcement of human rights. The course will give room for the presentation of papers as well as for workshops especially designed to give students and young researchers the opportunity to present their work in progress. Each director will invite excellent students to participate in the course. The course language is English.

Topic: „The Diversity of Human Rights: Human Rights and Violence“
Location: Inter-University-Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia
Date: 24 – 30 August 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014

There will be a registration fee of 50 Euro to cover the costs.

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