Seminar: The Idea of Human Rights under Pressure

This seminar is a part of the NCHR 30th Anniversary.

Photograph: UiO


General theme of the seminar

The seminar will address criticisms and rejections of the very idea of human rights and their legitimacy. Human right violations are often combined with violators paying at least lip service to the idea of human rights. While the recognition of human rights by right-violators has been described as the tribute vice pays to virtue, it can nevertheless have civilizing effects.

For this reason, the rejection of the very idea and legitimacy of human rights is worth examining: How widespread is such rejection? Which forms can it take? How can it be countered? Are there also good reasons for such rejection in some cases? These are among the topics which will be discussed at the seminar.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Emeritus, Cees Flinterman, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, University of Utrecht
  • Director Geir Ulfstein, PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, UiO
  • Professor Cecilia Bailliet, Department of Public and International Law, UiO
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Silje Langvatn, PluriCourts  

See the full programme here

Convenor: Jakob Elster 


Two seminars in addition to this one, are arranged in connection with the anniversary, you can read about them here:

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights Anniversary Seminar

How to do What We do When We do it? On Methods in Human Rights Research

Published Mar. 7, 2017 8:55 AM - Last modified Mar. 20, 2017 11:33 AM