The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments

This workshop will turn attention to the question of how far the international human rights judiciary might be able to help with the advancement of the role of parliaments in the realization of human rights. The workshop follows up on an earlier event held in Oslo (March 2015), and will provide the basis for a coherent, groundbreaking publication on the topic.

The workshop invites participants to identify and analyse the opportunities and challenges created by important points of connection between the international human rights monitoring bodies and the operation of national parliaments.

Drawing on theory, doctrine, and practice, and calling upon a range of perspectives, the workshop is ordered according to a series of key related issues: what should be the role of parliaments in the realization of human rights? By which modes of operation does the IHRJ have the potential to influence the nature of parliamentary process in the rights sphere? Which factors help to determine the bearing that outputs of the IHRJ have on approaches taken in national parliaments? And, how far can the IHRJ go in addressing parliamentary process without risking counter-productive results for rights protection such as political pushback?

In addressing these topics, the workshop is intended to help provide a clearer understanding of not only how the international level connects with national parliaments, but also how these connections might best be harnessed for enhancement of the realization of human rights. 


Confirmed speakers:

  • Alice Donald, Middlesex University
  • Amrei Muller, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Andreas Føllesdal, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Colin Murray, Newcastle University
  • Colm O’Cinneide, University College London
  • Dimitrios Kyritsis, University of Reading
  • Ed Bates, University of Leicester 
  • Geir Ulfstein, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Kirsten Roberts, Kings College London
  • Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo
  • Matthew Saul, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Murray Hunt, Legal Advisor to the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • Nino Tsereteli, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Theresa Squatrito, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Øyvind Stiansen, PluriCourts, University of Oslo 


Published Oct. 6, 2015 11:48 AM - Last modified Feb. 13, 2020 6:48 AM