Previous IHR Events
Does Affirmative Action Create Unfair Advantage?
Publication date: 24 April 2014
Start: Jun 19, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Affirmative action to advance equality is a controversial issue in many countries. Black economic empowerment and employment equity measures have not made much headway in undoing apartheid's legacy in South Africa and racial criteria in university admissions in the USA have been contested in the courts. At the same time constitutional provisions favouring Bumiputera in Malaysia put members of the group in a privileged position that arguably amounts to discrimination. In Britain, a different but also debated approach is taken – that of “positive duties” – in the new generation of equality legislation.
Gender, Human Rights, and Cultural Relativism. Tackling the Issues of FGM and Gender Violence in Domestic Law
Publication date: 18 March 2014
Mar 27, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 27, 2014 7:45:00 PM
UCL CLP: The dialogic model of constitutionalism and the system of checks and balances
Publication date: 11 March 2014
Mar 27, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 27, 2014 7:00:00 PM
Numerous countries in the world have, in one way or another, incorporated social and economic rights (SER) in their Constitutions. However, while these Constitutions look modern and rights-rich, they also look old and regressive concerning the organization of governmental power -particularly in what regards the organization of a system of checks and balances. As a consequence, a recurring problem affecting these Constitutions is the “mismatch” between their progressive, 21st century commitments concerning SER and the form of constitutional democracy inherited from the 18th century. In this presentation Roberto Gargarella will examine both the promise of the bill-of-rights sections of these renewed Constitutions and the frustrations generated by the organization-of-powers-sections of the same documents. In particular, he will show how a deliberative conception of democracy and a dialogic understanding of the system of checks and balances can help us make the promise of SER – the achievement of a just society - a reality.
Why Love Matters for Justice: Workshop on Martha Nussbaum's 'Political Emotions'
Publication date: 5 March 2014
May 31, 2014 10:00:00 AM
End: May 31, 2014 4:00:00 PM
Martha Nussbaum has for many years been at the forefront in exploring the nature of the emotions, their place in a flourishing human life, and their practical significance for politics and law. In her book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (Harvard University Press, 2013), she turns her attention to the emotional roots of a liberal political order.
HIV/AIDS at Work: I.B. v Greece
Publication date: 18 February 2014
Mar 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM
End: Mar 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM
In the first ever case relating to HIV/AIDS discrimination in the workplace, I.B. v. Greece, the European Court of Human Rights held that the dismissal of an HIV-positive worker in response to workforce pressure violated human rights. The applicant was represented by the Co-Directors of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, Dr George Letsas and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou.
Britain & Europe Seminar Series: Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe: Notes from the field
Publication date: 7 February 2014
Mar 4, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM
Syrian crisis is not only the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis at
present, but also Europe’s biggest refugee crisis in 20 years. Last
December the Commissioner carried out a “thematic mission”, following
the route taken by many Syrian refugees through Turkey, Bulgaria and
Germany. This journey strengthened the Commissioner’s conviction that
European states can and must do much more to live up to their obligation
to protect Syrian refugees.
Is Prolonged Solitary Confinement Cruel and Inhumane? The Experience of California Prisoners
Publication date: 30 January 2014
Start: Mar 10, 2014 6:00:00 PM
California holds several thousand prisoners in solitary confinement throughout the state. Over 1000 of these prisoners confined in isolation are at Pelican Bay State Penitentiary. They live in 80 square foot windowless cells, locked in their cells for 22 ½ to 24 hours a day. Hundreds of prisoners have been held in solitary for over a decade, many for over two decades. Last summer, 30,000 California prisoners went on hunger strike in protest over California's use of solitary. This talk will discuss why United States courts have thus far refused to hold that the use of such prolonged solitary confinement constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, why that might change now, and the movement in California to end such use.
Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt
Publication date: 8 November 2013
Nov 18, 2013 12:00:00 PM
End: Nov 18, 2013 2:00:00 PM
Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt (directed by Zoe Mavroudi) focuses on the case of a group of 31 HIV-positive women who were detained by the police a few days before the May 2012 general election in Greece and force-tested for HIV; those who diagnosed positive were publicly exposed on television and accused of illegal prostitution and seeking to spread the virus intentionally.
UCL CLP - Immigration Detention: The Grounds Beneath our Feet
Publication date: 8 November 2013
Nov 21, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 21, 2013 7:00:00 PM
UCL CLP - Whither the Margin of Appreciation?
Publication date: 31 October 2013
Mar 20, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 20, 2014 7:00:00 PM
The doctrine of the margin of appreciation may be regarded as being among the most prominent judge-made legal constructs in European human rights jurisprudence. It is an analytical tool that guides the European Court in its examination of the complaints raised under many, but not all, provisions of the Convention and its Protocols. It makes for a body of human rights law that accepts pluralism over uniformity, as long as the fundamental guarantees are effectively observed.
UCL Britain & Europe Series - An International Bill of Rights of Man: Where Next?
Publication date: 23 October 2013
Oct 31, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 31, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Doctors of the Dark Side - a film showing and discussion panel
Publication date: 17 October 2013
Oct 29, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 29, 2013 8:00:00 PM
The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice
Publication date: 9 May 2013
Jun 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Drones, Morality and International Law
Publication date: 4 April 2013
May 16, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: May 16, 2013 7:00:00 PM
Whose Poor / Who's Poor?: The Significance of Relative Deprivation
Publication date: 25 January 2013
Feb 19, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 19, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Speaker: Professor Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown University)
Chair: Professor John Tasioulas (UCL)
About this event: According to one recent estimate, the poorest five percent of Americans are richer than two thirds of the world’s people. But such comparisons can be misleading. Contemporary philosophers have been preoccupied with determining whether we have special moral obligations to members of our own society—for example, our poor compatriots—that we do not have to those outside our society. But they have neglected to ask how to compare the situations of poor people in one society to poor people in another. Professor Lichtenburg argued that for a variety of reasons, well-being is largely relative: how well off you are depends to a great extent on how well off others around you are. This fact has complex implications, for our responsibilities for benefiting poor compatriots as opposed to poor people in developing countries.
A Decade of Darfur - Why Genocide Continues Today
Publication date: 24 January 2013
Mar 12, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2013 7:30:00 PM
- Dr Mukesh Kapila, UN Representative on Sudan in 2004 and whistler blower on the genocide. Author of 'Against a Tide of Evil', released 14th March 2013, Aegis Trust Special Representative
- Baroness Goudie, Campaigner on women's rights
- Mariam Suleiman, Chairperson Darfur Victims Organisation
- Olivia Warham, Director of Waging Peace
Bridging the divide - Matters to be taken into account in relation to the integration of equality bodies and human rights institutions
Publication date: 23 January 2013
Mar 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM
End: Mar 15, 2013 4:00:00 PM
- Morten Kjaerum, Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
- Colm O’Cinneide, Reader in Law, University College London
- Alan Miller, Chair, European Group of National Human Rights Institutions
- Jozef de Witte, Chair European Network of Equality Bodies
- Sarah Spencer, Senior Fellow, Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford
- Vladlen Stefanov, Chief, National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Poverty and Rights: Can and Should the Law Promote Socio-Economic Equality? In collaboration with The Equal Rights Trust
Publication date: 1 January 2013
Jun 6, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 6, 2013 7:30:00 PM
- Judge Claire L’Heureux-Dubé (Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada 1987-2002)
- Judge Kate O’Regan (Judge of the South African Constitutional Court 1994-2009)
- Dr Octavio Ferraz (Associate Professor of Law at the University of Warwick)
- Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights and Lecturer in Law),
The Ascendancy of the Rule of Law in South African Adjudication
Publication date: 8 September 2012
Nov 26, 2012 1:00:00 PM
End: Nov 26, 2012 2:00:00 PM
Globalisation and the Middle Class
Publication date: 7 September 2012
Nov 14, 2012 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2012 7:30:00 PM
From Theory to Practice: Religion and Discrimination in a Changing World
Publication date: 20 August 2012
Start: Nov 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Lunch Hour Lecture: What is modern slavery?
Publication date: 19 August 2012
Oct 30, 2012 1:15:00 PM
End: Oct 30, 2012 1:55:00 PM
The Ethics of Human Rights Philanthropy
Publication date: 29 May 2012
May 29, 2012 6:00:00 PM
End: May 29, 2012 7:30:00 PM
About the event:
This final Symposium from the Pentland Symposium series addressed the ethical challenges presented by philanthropy towards human rights organisations, both academic and non-academic. It considered recent charges that this kind of philanthropic giving distorts national politics; academic priorities; and undermines the will of Parliament.
Against the background of the Woolf report, the panel considered the ethics of philanthropic giving and how this form of funding might be treated so as to avoid accusations of bias, ‘opinion-buying’, and research agenda setting by donors.
Workshop on the Right to Work
Publication date: 25 May 2012
May 25, 2012 9:00:00 AM
End: May 25, 2012 5:30:00 PM
Debating Social Rights
Publication date: 21 March 2012
Mar 13, 2012 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 13, 2012 7:30:00 PM
The UCL Institute for Human Rights and the UCL Labour Rights Institute hosted a lively debate on social rights. Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL) debated the role of courts and the role of legislatures in the protection of rights such as the right to housing and the right to work. Drawing on the book 'Debating Social Rights' (Gearty, Mantouvalou, Hart 2011), Professor Gearty suggested that social rights should be kept away from lawyers and courts. Dr Mantouvalou argued in support of their 'legalisation', namely the protection through judicial and legislative avenues. Dr Jeff King (UCL) acted as a commentator with the event chaired by Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL).