Futures for human rights

Students write out the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the steps at the Colchester Campus, University of Essex

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 26 November 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Dr Fleur Adcock (NCIS, ANU), Professor Megan Davis (UNSW), Professor Stephen Toope (Toronto) as well as members of the Laureate team.


Julia Wee
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

This workshop considers possible futures for the protection of human rights.

Why are international human rights standards widely accepted in theory but hard to implement in practice? Although the international community has created a complex and sophisticated system of human rights standards, these principles are regularly sidelined or ignored by countries that have accepted them.

Speakers at the conference will consider ways of understanding the gaps between international human rights norms and their implementation, and measures to decrease these gaps.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Fleur Adcock (National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU)
  • Dr Benjamin Authers (CIGJ)
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth (CIGJ)
  • Professor Megan Davis (UNSW and Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues)
  • Dr Emma Larking (CIGJ)
  • Professor Stephen Toope (Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)

This workshop marks the formal end of Hilary Charlesworth’s Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship on Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism.

The research project draws on regulatory scholarship to analyse how states respond to human rights principles, focusing particularly on the notion of ritualism. The concept of regulatory ritualism means formal participation in a system of regulation while losing sight of its substantive goals.

Please RSVP for catering purposes at this webform by cob Monday 23 November 2015.

A programme can be viewed at the downloads tab.

This event is supported by Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship (FL 100100176).

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