International Workshop on Human Rights Protection

04. January 2019

International workshop dedicated to human rights protection allowed space for both academics and students

Unique in terms of form, extent of the topics discussed, and participants involved: that is how the 2nd round of the international workshop organized by Palacky University in Olomouc can be described. Not only did the event attract over 40 top-class experts from 3 different continents - both from academia and legal practice - but it also allowed students to take part in it, which is what gave it a very special scope unprecedented in similar events.

This year’s edition centred around the topic ‘Universal and Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: A Constant Process of Construction and Reconstruction’, which was broad enough to be seized from a theoretical-philosophical approach as well as a purely practical perspective. Space was given to 16 academics and 11 students, while the state prosecutors from the Czech Republic and Brazil provided a very fruitful exchange of practical remarks.

Dr. Pavel Bures, main organizer of the workshop, stated that it was particularly interesting to experience the different theoretical-philosophical approaches from Brazilian colleagues in contrast to other participants from France, Poland, England or Russia, as the perceptions of human rights protection stem from the differences in historical and cultural contexts. Indeed, looking for common values is crucial in the field of human rights and the workshop was accordingly arranged to underline creativity and discussion, especially in regard to students, who were able to receive feedback on their contributions, and exchange their viewpoints with academics.

The workshop also built on previous cooperation between various departments of respective partner Universities and good relations of the academics. For instance, Prof. Marie-Elisabeth Baudoin from École de droit de l’Université Clermont-Auvergne, appreciated the format of the workshop allowing space for a constructive debate between students and academics, as well as the overlap of regional and global perspective. It is now expected that this new pre-Christmas Olomouc tradition will bring exceptional works to Olomouc next year, and that the friendly environment and form of the workshop will continue to offer a great experience for all the participants.