A Global Force for Human Rights? (Spain)

Workshop in Seville: ‘A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU’s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict’
March 11, 2016

About the workshop
The workshop will consist of two panels. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups.

The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali.

Register
If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo.

Programme
The programme of the workshop can be found here.

Abstract
The TEU directs the Union to respect human rights whenever it conducts activities on the international scene, including EU external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. The promotion of human rights at the international level is one of the principal objectives of the EU´s external action (Art. 3, para. 5). This principle is formulated in Art. 21, paragraph 2 under the Union´s commitment to `define and pursue common policies and actions, and (to) work for a high degree of cooperation in all fields of international relations, in order to: … b) consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law’. In the 2012 Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy and the 2015-2019 Action Plan for its implementation the EU addresses current and anticipates future challenges in the field and indicates solutions to enhance policy effectiveness and coherence, by proposing a comprehensive human rights approach to conflicts and crisis´ (third strategic area of the Action Plan).

This international conference is organised by the Research Group ‘Human Rights and Globalisation’ (SEJ055) of the University of Seville, and aims at discussing the findings of the FRAME project regarding the European Union external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. One of the main objectives of FRAME is to survey and analyse contemporary human rights violations especially against vulnerable groups, within the context of conflict and crisis within and among States, between and within communities and their link with historical and cultural factors.

This conference seeks to address ways to prevent and overcome violence through the critical assesment of the instruments available to the EU to integrate human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles in these policies with a focus on vulnerable groups in society (e.g., children, internally displaced persons and refugees).

Venue
The workshop will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville located at the Campus Pirotecnia, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, 41018, Seville (Spain).

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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