The Strasburg Conference on International Law & Human Rights
“Human Rights-Based Approach as a Basis for Development, Justice and International Law"
(Strasburg; April 8th - 10th, 2014)
The post WWII international framework witnessed the emergence of a set of liberal norms and values conceptualized today as the international human rights regime. Hopes for the effective functioning of such legal instruments at the international level are high; however the lack of universality in practice and the inherent difficulties of their implementation have increased the need for greater cooperation between coalitions active in this area to come together under a developed set of rules. In that sense, contemporary international law serves as a campaigning mechanism for the development and application of the process of achieving functioning universal human rights. Some of the main obstacles posed to the implementation of human rights are the economic interests and inequalities that permeate the international community. Therefore, any efforts at supporting international law must be accompanied by sustainable development through economic empowerment. In addition, issues of global justice must be incorporated in an integral way into the process in order to assure its positive progress and long term success.
The Strasburg Conference on International Law & Human Rights will gather a broad range of stakeholders to explore and analyze these issues and to formulate joint strategies for immediate and future implementation, thus framing the future path of the human rights based approach as a basis of international law, global justice, and sustainable development. The Strasburg Conference will create and publish a proposal document that will be presented to world leaders and the international community.
The Conference will feature a variety of lectures, seminars, and panel discussions, providing participants the unique opportunity to engage in stimulating debate on the present and future challenges of the human rights based approach in transnational justice and sustainable development. Participants will also be invited to contribute to the development of creative solutions and recommendations to achieve a more equitable application of international law.
The Conference will focus in particular on the following areas:
Human Rights & International Law
The Integration of Human Rights into International Legal Mechanisms
Institutional Dimensions of International Law & Political Obstacles to Implementation
Reconciling Universal Jurisdiction & Sovereignty
Global Justice in Safeguarding Human Rights
The Unequal Application of International Law
Reforming the International Legal System
International Criminal Law - Achievements & Challenges for Human Rights
Human Rights & Sustainable Development
Ensuring Equal Access to the Global Economy
Gender & Economic Empowerment
The Rule of Law as a Prerequisite for Development
Good Governance & Democratic Participation for Inclusive Development
Cultural Diplomacy as a Facilitator of Sustainable Development
Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
Participant Papers »
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the summit, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the summit. Following the summit, select papers will be chosen to be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community following the summit.
Certificate of Attendance
All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.
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