Human Rights Law Centre

Annual Student Conference



Annual Student Human Rights Conference 2016.  UN Human Rights Council:  10 Years On. Saturday 5 March 2016

Human Rights is one of the three pillars of the work of the United Nations (UN) and its recognition has gained momentum since the inception of the Human Rights Council (the Council) nearly ten years ago. Despite a number of notable successes, the Council has not been without criticism during its short existence. The Council’s ten-year anniversary in 2016 will differ from its five-year anniversary, as there will be no formal review of its work. This creates an excellent opportunity to assess the Council’s key successes whilst recognising and discussing its shortcomings.

This year’s Conference will examine the achievements and failures of the UN Human Rights Council within the context of the UN human rights system as a whole. Keynote speakers with experience in NGOs, UN institutions, and academia will present their various insights on the Council and the human rights system. In conjunction with student panellists, pertinent questions will be examined. Why are so many resolutions  directed at developing nations rather than developed nations? Is the strong rhetoric of the Council matched by action? Are Member States avoiding key human rights issues through political tactics? Is the Council really an improvement upon the United Nations Commission on Human Rights?  

The Call For Papers for the 2016 Annual Student Human Rights Conference is now available for download. This year, the Student Conference Committee welcomes papers that discuss the themes outlined in the attached Call for Papers that identify timely and contemporary issues concerning the  UN Human Rights Council.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 4 December 2015. Abstracts can be submitted using the Abstract Application Form.









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