The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Since its adoption, the Declaration has been read in multiple ways. Some have been inspired by it, others have found it wanting. At this conference, Ghent University will take stock and look forward, embracing a resolute engagement with human rights in their multiple contemporary dimensions.
The conference, which takes place from 6 to 8 December 2023 in Ghent, will put special emphasis on stepping out of our comfort or habitual zones and creating spaces for debating and learning from different perspectives. We invite contributions from scholars, practitioners, policy makers and artists who cross or are willing to cross boundaries and build bridges between academic disciplines, theory and practice, and political action and artistic engagement. Activists, policy makers, artists, and students are warmly invited to participate alongside both emerging and established academics.
We want to inject human rights with new energy, learn from each other and join forces. We shall meet, we shall walk, we shall talk, we shall co-create. Look at this conference as a major brainstorm—or as a big celebration from which you will return with new ideas, new friendships and new resolutions.
The Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute is a vibrant research institute, composed of ten faculty members and more than 20 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging
from the law of armed
conflict and interna-
tional human rights
law, to the law of the
sea, international en-
vironmental law and
international criminal law.