EIUC Venice Academy of Human Rights - Obligations of States
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge.
General course: Jeremy Waldron, University Professor of Law, New York University School of Law and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory and Fellow, University of Oxford
Christian Reus-Smit, Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Malcolm Shaw, Senior Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Research Professor in International Law at the University of Leicester
Brigitte Stern, Professor emeritus of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
Françoise Tulkens, former Judge and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights
Neil Walker, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh
Theme: Obligations of States
Processes of supra- and sub-State integration and disintegration have provoked a “translation” of traditional State-centred concepts from various disciplines to regional, international and “multi-level” spheres. While it has become fashionable to herald a post-Westphalian, post-national or post-sovereign era, there are also signs and voices that highlight the continuing importance of the State.
This year’s Academy will look at the role of the State in the 21st century and scrutinise the processes of erosion, rescue and transposition of the concept of State. The Academy will inter alia ask what obligations and purposes States have today, how human rights, campaigns for international justice and the “transfers” of sovereign powers affect States and what a contemporary concept of the State might look like. This includes tensions between the rule of law and contemporary threats to the State, the role of the State in the protection of liberal and individual rights in the context of globalisation and global governance and the constitutional debate beyond the State.
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a centre of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) which is an internationally leading institution for research and education. The Venice Academy provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in human rights research, education and training. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research, innovation and exchange of current knowledge.
The Academy offers international and interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and Ph.D./J.S.D. students from all over the world who have an advanced knowledge of human rights. A maximum of 60 participants will be selected this year. Participants attend morning lectures, elect seminars and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity for a number of participants to present and discuss their own "work in progress" such as drafts of articles, chapters of books or doctoral theses and other projects.
At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.