Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles


Call for Papers - Human Rights Integration conference 9-11 Dec 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the International Conference “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” which will take place from 9 to 11 December 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. Details on the conference and the call for papers can be found here .

As a political and ethical project, human rights are one, indivisible and universal. As law however, they are fragmented. Although human rights law may be seen as compartmentalized, its ‘users’ (rights holders, duty bearers and other actors) are confronted with a multilayered and often uncoordinated architecture of human rights law. The starting proposition of the conference organizers is that it is highly relevant for human rights scholars to add an integrated perspective of human rights law to our work. This implies studying not only separate norms or mechanisms, but also their simultaneous application, what that implies for the users of human rights law, and how these users deal with that reality.

The conference will feature plenary sessions with renowned keynote speakers and thematic panels articulated through five related tracks:

  1. Theorizing fragmentation and integration in human rights law;
  2. Convergence and divergence within international human rights law;
  3. Convergence and divergence between national and international human rights law;
  4. Convergence and divergence between international human rights law and other branches of international law;
  5. Human rights are useless/useful.

The conference will thus serve as an encounter forum of legal and socio-legal perspectives on human rights fragmentation and integration.
Interested participants are invited to submit abstracts before 15 May 2015. Papers (max. 10.000 words) are due by 15 November 2015. For further information visit here

We encourage you to distribute this announcement to your colleagues and other organisations and persons who may be interested in this conference.

Yours sincerely,

Scientific Committee:  Prof. Antoine Bailleux – Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles; Prof. Eva Brems – Ghent University; Prof. Emmanuelle Bribosia – Université libre de Bruxelles; Prof. Koen De Feyter – University of Antwerp; Prof. Paul De Hert – Vrije Universiteit Brussels; Dr. Ellen Desmet – Ghent University / University of Antwerp; Prof. Yves Haeck – Ghent University; Prof. Barbara Oomen – Utrecht University; Prof. Isabelle Rorive – Université libre de Bruxelles; Prof. Stefaan Smis – Free University of Brussels; Prof. Wouter Vandenhole – University of Antwerp; Prof. Sébastien Van Drooghenbroeck – Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles.

Should you require further information on this conference, do not hesitate to contact Ellen Desmet, project manager IAP ‘Human Rights Integration’ via

This international conference is an initiative of the research network “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (HRI) which aims to study human rights law as an integrated whole from a users’ perspective. HRI is an Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office(BELSPO). It consists of Universiteit Gent (UGent), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Universiteit Antwerpen (UAntwerp), Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (USL-B) & Universiteit Utrecht (UU). 
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