International Conference Human Rights in Times of Contestation

Date 27 to 28 June 2019
Place of event Historischer Rathaussaal Nürnberg, Rathausplatz 2, 90403 Nürnberg
Aim of conference The aim of this conference is to assess recent political, economic and social crises, which seem to increasingly challenge the normative value and practical relevance of human rights. These crises – the raise of (neo-)nationalist populist politics, increased authoritarian rules, challenges to international law and multilateralism to name but a few – have caused some to fundamentally question the current value of human rights. In their view, the liberal agenda of ever-expanding international human rights is no longer a viable solution to the problems of the contemporary world, if not in fact part of these problems. Others maintain that current crises call for more and better human rights implementation not less. Both perspectives seem to address human rights from a perspective of contestation: Human rights being contested and human rights as contestation of illiberal movements.

The conference will bring leading international scholars of human rights to Nuremberg – a city that has seen both: Human rights being contested through their complete annihilation by the Nazi regime and human rights as source of contestation of the most barbarous acts during the trials bringing the leading figures of the Nazi regime to justice. The conference is hosted jointly by the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg of Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), the City of Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre (NMRZ)

Programme You can find the programme  here

The conference fee (which includes refreshments and lunches) is 50 €. A reduced rate of 25 € is available for persons with a low income. Students of the FAU may attend free of charge


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Senate Hall, Kollegienhaus, Universitätsstr. 15, Erlangen
Programme (pdf)
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May 4th, 2018, 15-20 Uhr
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Security and the Rule of Law. The Role of Civil Liberties
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Minister of Justice (retired)
Panel Discussion

Lothar Schmitt, District Attorney in Nuremberg
Hans Jürgen Luibl, BildungEvangelisch
Michael Krennerich, CHREN
Heiner Bielefeldt, CHREN

February, 1st, 2018
KREUZ + QUER, Katharinensaal, Bohlenplatz 1, 91054 Erlangen



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within the EFI-Project „Human Rights in Healthcare“
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Program Flyer
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Program flyer

Human Rights Violations in Global Supply Chains: The State’s Duty to Protect and Business Responsibility
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which were adopted in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council include fundamental standards of entrepreneurial responsibility for the protection of human rights. Securing this protection in global supply chains often seems especially problematic. The garment industry and mining are two famous examples for it. What do businesses have to do to fulfil their responsibilities? Are they obliged by law to guarantee the protection of human rights within their business relations or do the states have the duty to regulate international business chains? What can businesses themselves do, where is the state required and what has to be regulated on an international level (UN, ILO, OECD)?

These are among the questions being asked at the CHREN symposium concerning human rights violations in global supply chains. After introductory contributions by Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski and Dr. Carola Glinski, there will be a panel discussion with Tandiwe Gross (International Labour Organisation), Uwe Kekeritz (German MP), Markus Löning (Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business) and Oliver Baumbach (IHK Middle Franconia). The event will take place on July 14th 2017 from 2 to 6 pm in the Senatssaal of the Kollegienhaus in Erlangen.

Folder and Program

Civil Society, Democracy and the Rule of Law in Turkey
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on June 29th 2017, 6 pm

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1st Nuremberg Elisabeth-Käsemann-Symposium, June 19th 2017


International prosecution of state crimes in Germany and Latin America: 1933 – 1976 – today

on June 19th 2017, 4 pm

Court Room 600, Nuremberg Palace of Justice
Bärenschanzstraße 72, Nürnberg

Folder und Program


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Presentation given by Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole, University of Antwerp

on June 13th 2017, 6-8 pm

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Schillerstr. 1, 91054 Erlangen


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in cooperation with the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum, and the Federal Ministry for Economical Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

conference homepage:

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on May 31st 2017, 6-9 pm
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Presentation given by Dr. Cecilia Medina Quiroga, former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

on May 22nd 2017, 6-9.30 pm

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Additional contributions by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt, FAU, Chair for Human Rights and Human Rights Politics, Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling LL.M. (LSE), FAU, Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law and Public International Law

Open Discussion Afterwards

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

KREUZ+QUER, Bohlenplatz 1, Erlangen


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Public Discussion with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt, Chair for Human Rights and Human Rights Politics, and Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski, Chair for Public Law and Public International Law

Moderator: Herbert Fuehr, Journalist

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

Audimax, Bismarckstraße 1, 91054 Erlangen


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Friday, January 13th 2017, 2-6 pm

Kollegienhaus Erlangen, Senatssaal, KH 1.011
Universitätsstraße 15, 91054 Erlangen

Folder und Program

Lecture Series: 50 years of the UN Human Rights Covenants, WiSe 2016/17 Winter Semester 2016/17

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Senatssaal of the Kollegienhauses, Universitätsstr. 15 Erlangen


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JDC 0.283 (Sitzungssaal)


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in cooperation with the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main

July 20th – 22nd 2016

Folder und Program


Human Rights Politics Within the United Nations: Attempt at a Critical Review After Six Years of UN Special Rapporteurship, July 13th 2016


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Wednesday, July 13th 2016, 6.15 pm

in the Wassersaal of the Orangerie


Video Recording

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Senatssaal des Kollegienhauses
Universitätsstr. 15,
91054 ErlangenFolder und Program
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in Cooperation with the Centre for Area Studies and the City of Erlangen

City Hall of the City of Erlangen
Ratssaal, 1. OG, Rathausplatz 1, Erlangen

Folder und Program

Radio Interview

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Senatssaal, KH 1.011
Universitätsstraße 15

Opening Event with Ceremonial Address: 6 pm
Wassersaal der Orangerie,
Schlossgarten 1,
91054 Erlangen


Opening Symposium:

Inauguration of the postgraduate programme “Human Rights and Ethics in Medicine for the Elderly”

June 15th 2018 at the Wassersaal Orangerie, Erlangen

2pm s.t. – 6.30pm

Link to the Program