[Call for papers & registration] Sixth Annual NNHRR Conference: Looking to the Future: New (Human) Rights

Published 13 March 2023

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About the event

The adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948 marked the beginning of the modern system of protection of human rights at the international level. Since then, so much has happened in the field of human rights.  The UDHR is based on the powerful underlying premise that we are all “born free and equal in dignity and rights”. December 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, and it will mark 35 years since the UDHR workshop that was jointly organised by Maastricht University and Utrecht University. That workshop was held from 8 to 10 December 1988 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UDHR, leading to the publication of a booklet entitled “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Its Significance in 1988”. Against this background, the member universities of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) are joining forces to organise a follow-up event on the 29th and 30th of June 2023, that will reflect on the past, present and future of the UDHR. Reflecting on the past entails, among others, reflecting on the aspirations of the Declaration and their validity today. Reflecting on the present involves looking at the achievements and challenges in realizing those aspirations today. Looking to the future entails discussing the challenges that lie ahead before the Declaration reaches its 100th anniversary, as well as mapping out the opportunities for developing new human rights to complement the Declaration.


Call for papers

In order to guide the structure of the discussions surrounding the third aspect of the Annual Research Day (Toogdag) of the NNHRR (looking to the future of the UDHR and the development of new human rights), the organizers are calling out for presentations and/or papers for the third plenary session of the Annual Research Day entitled Looking to the Future: New Human Rights, which will be held on the 30th of June. We encourage proposals for contributions and/or papers from NNHRR PhD candidates, but also others who may be interested, in relation (but not exclusively) to the themes listed hereunder:

  • AI and human rights
  • Non-state actors
  • Sustainability and access to energy services
  • Fight against corruption
  • Rights of future generations


Other suggestions for topics related to new human rights are welcome. Interested NNHRR PhD candidates and others are kindly invited to submit their abstracts to both Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf (a.g.hallo.de.wolf@rug.nl) and Mr. Medes Malaihollo, LL.M (a.malaihollo@rug.nl) before 5 May 2023. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words. Based on the submitted abstracts, the organizers will select the presentations/papers which can be presented at the Annual Research Day and will inform the interested authors by email by 19 May 2023, at the latest. Selected presentations and papers will be published in a short edited volume based on the Annual Research Day’s proceedings and/or in the NNHRR’s blog, Human Rights Here.

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To register for the event, please click here


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