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Venice Academy of Human Rights 2012: “The Limits of Human Rights”

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)

Under the patronage of UNESCO, the 3rd edition of the Venice Academy of Human Rights will welcome students from various countries to debate and reflect on the limits of the effective implementation of human rights.

Without denying the importance of human rights, the participants will be invited to have an unvarnished look at discrepancies between human rights thought and scholarship as opposed to the realities in politics and in the field.

As part of courses taught by leading experts in human rights, critical and useful research, innovation and knowledge exchange will be stimulated. Everyone can contribute to the debate about his experiences and his research in an area where the articulation of the theory and practice is regularly questioned.

While human rights have been an important emancipatory tool, there have always been voices highlighting exclusionary effects and insensitivities to particularities of culture, gender or religion. Others warn against a depolitisation of human rights through an increasing administration by legal experts and institutional bureaucracies.

Today, challenges to national security and contemporary forms of warfare motivate questions about the effectiveness, the meaning and limits of human rights internationally as much as the complexities of immigration and integration do this nationally.

The possible limits, blind spots and downsides are hence traceable in the political and moral life of pluralist societies, in the activities of international and regional organizations, in contemporary armed conflicts and in intellectual approaches to human rights.

Since 2010, the Venice Academy provides an open forum to discuss these and other issues related to the promises and limits of human rights and “universal” values.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights, part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EUIC), is a centre of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching interdisciplinary forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights.

The Academy offers programmes open to academics, practitioners and PhD/JSD students from all over the world who have an advanced knowledge of human rights.

At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 09.07.2012 08:15 local time
End 18.07.2012 11:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point El-khoury, Golda
Organizer Venice Academy of Human Rights
Country Italy
City Venice - Lido
Venue Monastery of San Nicolo
Street Riviera San Nicolò 26
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 55
Official Website Venice Academy of Human Rights 2012
Link 1 Fight against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia in UNESCO
Link 2 Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming in UNESCO
Link 3 UNESCO Programme on Democracy
Link 4 Facebook EIUC Profile


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