Current Events

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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International Summer Course Human Rights Law in Context

Date 22 to 26 July 2019
Place of event Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lange Gasse 20, 90403 Nürnberg
Focus area Business and Human Rights including topics such as human rights due diligence, corporate liability, supply chain responsibility and the negotiations on a binding instrument to regulate human rights obligations of transnational corporations.
Fee 250 € including lunches and refreshments (accommodation and evening meals excluded)
Programme You can find the programme here
Application We invite applications from advanced law students, graduates and young professionals in the fields of law, human rights and business.

To apply send a letter of motivation and your CV to

Application deadline: 31 March 2019

Selection of applicants will be merits-based and limited to a maximum of 25.

If you are interested in presenting work in progress including on doctoral theses in a Young Scholar workshop, please contact us and indicate the topic of your presentation.

If you have any questions please contact Professor Markus Krajewski.