Human Rights in Transition
Online Symposium on Human Rights in Transition at Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, 25-26 October 2021
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About the symposium
Human Rights are taken to be a stable constant of our post-war world. The accomplishments are many, as are the criticisms of what Human Rights has failed to deliver. The urgency of climate change and the disruption brought by the Covid-19 pandemic lead to profound questioning of the status quo. Political and economic orthodoxies are being revised also with an eye on exponential technological advances, which come with opportunities and threats. In response, policymakers are promoting and accelerating significant investment in the transition to a green and digital economy. Non-state actors are reacting to this transition and are actively involved in this systemic shift in a rapidly changing geopolitical context. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights attempted to capture the essence of what is required for individuals to enjoy lives with dignity. Though the contexts and challenges have changed fundamentally, some perennial questions have acquired heightened urgency.
- Can Human Rights play a role and facilitate this transition so that it is fair and responds to human aspirations?
- Do Human Rights - as an idea and a system - need to change in order to facilitate this transition and offer safeguards against illiberal alternatives and persistent structural inequities?
In some areas, the international, regional, and national systems to protect human rights have evolved and adapted to changing circumstances. In other areas, human rights principles appear ill-suited to contemporary challenges.
This symposium provides timely, insightful analyses and visions on the roles that Human Rights have and can play in the multiple transitions our world is confronting.
Date and time: 25 October (12.00 - 17.00) – 26 October (12.00 - 17.00)
Session 1: Are migrants’ human rights an early casualty of climate emergency?
Session 2: The significance of human rights for the business sector in fair transitions.
Session 3: Gender, Climate Justice and Resistance: In the Shadow of Authoritarianism and Human Rights
Closing roundtable: What is the role of human rights in a fair transition to a green and digital economy?
The symposium is organised by the Pufendorf IAS Theme The Future of Human Rights.
Read more about the Theme on pi.lu.se