Symposia

A forthcoming symposium coordinated by Mohsen al Attar and Nciko wa Nciko African peoples and states have long stood in solidarity with the liberation struggle of Palestinians. Following each proclamation of independence across the continent, African leaders demanded the same for Palestine, a place that encapsulated anti-colonial resistance to Western (racial) imperialism. As Nelson Mandela powerfully declared: ‘our freedom is incomplete...

[Wouter Vandenhole is full professor of human rights and children’s rights at the Law and Development Research Group of the University of Antwerp’s law faculty.] What if we could get back to the drawing board in human rights law? What would be the most decisive game changer? For some, it may be adding new rights or reframing existing rights. For others,...

[Caroline Omari Lichuma is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg, where she researches in the broad area of BHR. She received her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Georg-August University of Göttingen.] Striding Towards Responsible Business Conduct in The Age of Due Diligence Laws Mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD) laws are in vogue.  After the completion of the trilogues in...

[Gamze Erdem Türkelli is an assistant research professor in international law, human rights and sustainable development at the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp, the principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant 2023 funded GENESIS project and a member of the Academic Circle on the Right to Development of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development.] In...

[Sara L. Seck is the Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where she is also the Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.] The intertwined global ecological and social crises of today have implications for the framing of human rights obligations that cross borders. We are living in a time of planetary...

[Ademola Oluborode Jegede is full professor of law, and the Interim Director of the Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human and Peoples’ Rights in the School of Law, University of Venda, South Africa. He is the initiator and Convening Editor of the African Journal of Climate Law & Justice, and an External Expert to the Working Group of Children Rights and...

[Charlotte E. Blattner is senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Public Law, University of Berne. She specializes in public international law and climate law, and is the author of Protecting Animals Within and Across Jurisdiction (OUP).] Introduction For some time now, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has been widely accused of its “erratic and unprincipled” case law on extraterritorial jurisdiction,...

[Angela Müller is Executive Director at AlgorithmWatch CH and heads AlgorithmWatch’s international policy team. She holds a PhD in law and an MA in Political and Economic Philosophy.] Today, opportunities for states to affect human rights abroad abound: global phenomena like organized crime, global warming, or terrorism multiply the scope of individuals a state can and does affect—at home as well as abroad. New technologies,...

[Elif Durmuş is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp in the Flemish inter-University (iBOF) project “Future-Proofing Human Rights: Developing Thicker Accountability” [grant number 42367], focusing on an inclusive reconceptualisation of duty and duty bearers in international human rights law through inspiration from other legal fields.] Why Would States and Others Have (Extraterritorial) Human Rights Obligations? The extraterritorial application of human rights obligations...

[Chief Charles A. Taku is great grandson of Asunganyi, King of the Bangwa, Counsel before International Courts and Tribunals, and Former President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association]  ‘To validate one’s heritage, to explore one’s culture, to examine thoroughly those institutions which have persisted through centuries, is perhaps the first step in a peoples’ search for independence and in their...

[Sasha Merigot is a Master's Student in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and a graduate from Leiden University College The Hague, winning the Thesis of Merit award with the thesis on Reproducing and Re-Constructing National Identity at the Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac] A key theme of Confronting Colonial Objects is the complicity of collectors, museums and racial science...

[Dr Emery Patrick Effiboley is Museologist and Art Historian, and Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin). He was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.] Confronting Colonial Objects argues that ‘distancing, discursive silencing and erasure are common...