Venice Academy of Human Rights 2017: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities

admin - 9th May 2017

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 3-12 July 2017.

The theme of this year’s academy is ‘Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities’.

Online applications are accepted until 14 May 2017.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2017

Distinguished Opening Lecture
Branko Milanović, Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York

General Course
Olivier De Schutter, Professor at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at SciencesPo (Paris)

Wilfried Altzinger, Associate Professor of Welfare Economics and Deputy Head of the Institute of Macroeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

Andreas Føllesdal, Professor of Political Philosophy and Do-Director of PluriCourts, University of Oslo

Dzidek Kędzia, EIUC President, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Professor of International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Miloon Kothari, former Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council

Manfred Nowak, EIUC Secretary General, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) and Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York

Heisoo Shin, Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Key Facts

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Dates: Monday, 3 July – Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Application Deadline: 14 May 2017
Faculty: Branko Milanović (opening lecture), Olivier De Schutter (general course), Wilfried Altzinger, Andreas Føllesdal, Dzidek Kędzia, Miloon Kothari, Manfred Nowak, Kate Pickett, Heisoo Shin
Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and panel presentations
Number of hours: 34 hours
Venue: EIUC, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy

You can view the detailed programme here.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Instead of “the end of history”, we have lived through a major financial crisis, including a debt crisis in Europe that is far from over, and we are currently witnessing threats to democratic governance both from outside and from within the democratic system. Whether these are only temporary setbacks in the global spread of liberal democracy and neoliberal capitalism has to been seen. However, it is reason to pause and reconsider the prospects for economic and social justice against the background of rising inequalities in the world.
The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2017, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, looks at these developments from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines law, economics, politics and sociology. Lectures and seminars by the distinguished faculty discuss the question what role do human rights play in enabling and promoting social justice. Are human rights an effective tool for the promotion of economic and social equality? Do human rights impose limits to privatization of particular goods and services? How do human rights enable a just economic and social order? These are but some of the questions that participants of the Academy will discuss in an intense programme over ten days next summer.

Venice Academy of Human Rights
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).
The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners, doctoral and master students with an advanced knowledge of human rights. Participants attend morning lectures, participate in discussion sessions and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity for a number of participants to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of books or doctoral theses and receive comments from faculty members and peers.
At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.


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