Sep 2, 2010

Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC), Berlin, Germany

The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC) is an international congress, taking place on the 20th anniversary of German reunification that will offer an interdisciplinary analysis of the fields of human rights and democracy. The event will explore developments in these areas over the past two decades and will then
consider the key issue shaping discussions on the international level today. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, international development, and the private sector. Participants of the program will also have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of
German reunification on the streets of Berlin.

Politicians, academics, journalists, and other international stakeholders are in widespread agreement of the importance of human rights standards. There exists, however, a plurality of opinion on the nature of human rights – are there universal standards that should be applied to all, or should human rights standards vary according to cultural contexts and historical experiences? The issue of human
rights also plays a key role in international diplomacy, with human rights records a key factor in determining membership of international organisations, in outlining foreign policy priorities, and in justify the threat and use of economic sanctions and military action. The BIHRC will explore these debates from an interdisciplinary range of perspectives, using a diverse range of case studies and with focus on the German approach.

Closely related to the issue of human rights is our understanding of democracy and how democracy is put into practise in different contexts. As Germany looks back at two decades of a unified democratic state, there is considerable debate at the international level as to the definition of the term. In particular, there is a plurality of views on whether democracy refers only to a state which holds “free
and fair elections”, or whether additional factors must also be taken into account, such as an independent judiciary and a free press. The Berlin International Human Rights Congress will consider the varying definitions of democracy and, through international case studies, explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The overall aim of The Berlin International Human Rights Congress is to encourage inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural discussions on salient issues surrounding the field of Human Rights and to promote greater understanding across national borders.

The Conference is open to applications from academics, diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, journalists, young professionals and students and other individuals with an interest in international relations, cultural studies, and global politics.

Participation Cost
The participation cost for The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC) is €195, which should be transferred by individuals after they have been accepted.

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