It’s a kind of magic?
'Human rights as a regulatory principle creating national and international peace and justice'
Human rights are valuable and even essential. They are the kind of magic individuals and groups need to realize their being human. Human rights experts often argue that human rights do have another kind of magic. Their moral power has a positive influence on bringing international justice and peace. Their moral power has resulted in declarations, treaties and supervision mechanisms ranging from human rights councils to criminal courts that by promoting and protecting the idea of human rights at the same time try to bring national and international (political) stability. Like ‘free trade’ and ‘national sovereignty’ human rights have become a regulatory principle creating order at the national and international level.
The question remains how successful human rights haven been in this since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949 and whether there is still a future for human rights as a regulatory principle in the 21st century?
Chair: Dr. Peter Malcontent
10.00 – 10.30: Coffee
10.30 – 10.45: Openingby the chair of the Board of the School, Prof. Menno Kamminga
10.45 – 11.10: Human rights compared to other regulatory principles like free trade, national sovereignty etc., Duco Hellema, Professor and Head Department History of International Relations, Utrecht University
11.10 – 11.35: Discussion
11.35 – 12.00: The limits of human rights as a regulatory principle in the fight against international terrorism, Bob de Graaff, Professor Department History of International Relations, Utrecht University
12.00 – 12.25: Discussion
12.25 – 14.00: Lunch break
14.00 – 14.25: René Rouwette, The importance of human rights as a regulatory principle in Dutch foreign policy in de the 21st century, Drs. René Rouwette, PhD Student at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Department History of International Relations, Utrecht University
14.25 – 14.50: Discussion
14.50 – 15.15: Marleen Maassen, The limits of human rights as a regulatory principle in processes of transitional justice: The International Criminal Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Marleen Maassen, cum laude degree Master International Relations in Historical Perspective with a thesis on the effectiveness of the ICC in the DRC
15.15 – 15.40: Discussion
15.40 – 16.05: The limits of human rights as a regulatory principle in processes of transitional justice: Restorative justice for Native Americans in the US and Canada, Peter Malcontent, Assistant Professor, Department History of International Relations, Utrecht University
16.30: Closing by the Director of the School, Prof. Tom Zwart
Application: Mail to Ms. Aline van Veen: Alinevanveen@gmail.com.
Nog belangrijk: Leden van de onderzoeksschool hebben voorrang bij registratie. De voertaal van de toogdag is Engels.