'Critical Exploration of Human Rights: When Human Rights become Part of the Problem' - Registration Open and Programme available


Two-Day International Online Conference

Critical Exploration of Human Rights

When Human Rights become Part of the Problem

Friday 7 May & Saturday 8 May 2021

University College Dublin, Ireland

23rd Irish European Law Forum


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The UCD Centre for Human Rights is delighted to present the 23rd Irish European Law Forum conference on Critical Exploration of Human Rights: When Human Rights become Part of the Problem. The conference is co-organised and funded by UCD Sutherland School of Law and the School of Sociology.

This two-day online conference aims at critically exploring those undesired outcomes that human rights promotion may lead to on the ground. We are seeking to address the downsides and shortcomings of the promotion and implementation of the human rights agenda, asking ‘what happens when it becomes counterproductive?’ This conference will cover a wide spectrum of topics from a variety of disciplinary approaches including in sociology, law, politics, and history. The conference includes a keynote lecture and five panels.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University.

Professor Moyn’s areas of interest include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. He has written several books in the fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010). His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (2015) and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018). Professor Moyn will present his research on human rights and the humanisation of war.


Other Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr. Marie-Luce Paris (UCD) Conference organiser

Dr. Lea David (UCD) Conference organiser

Prof. Neve Gordon (QMU London, UK)

Dr. Daniela Lai (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)

Prof. Jacques Leider (EFEO, French Institute of Asian Studies, Thailand, Myanmar)

Dr. Joel Pruce (University of Dayton, USA)

Dr. Sharon Weill (The American University of Paris/Sciences Po Paris)


For any additional queries, please email law.events@ucd.ie.