International History

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Historical and Juridical Perspectives

Organised by The Graduate Institute, Geneva Academy, SNSF, and UN Human Rights Office
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Room S7 and Auditorium A1, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

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The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights comes at a time of great turbulence for international human rights law. This scientific symposium brings together jurists and historians to discuss these issues and topics.

Presentations will provide insights based on recent and ongoing research; historians and jurists will debate and confront their critical approaches and views. The conference is open to anyone wishing to know more about the state of knowledge on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The seminar will be closed with a Public Lecture by Philippe Sands, which will be preceded by a short presentation of the artwork project '70' by David Brun-Lambert and Martial Mingam. '70' offers a reflection on the meanings of human rights. It is a project encompassing conferences, art exhibitions and auctions taking cue from the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The project is imagined as a place gathering sectors of civil society that seldom dialogue together. Through the prism of art and history, it aims to reach out to wider audiences.

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