Human Rights and Violence

24 – 30 August 2014   print this page

Course directors:

Zvonko Posavec, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Croatia
Ana Matan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Bernd Ladwig, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Georg Lohmann, University of Magdeburg, Germany

Course description:

The course Diversity of Human Rights touches on various problems of human rights discourses. The participants come from different nations and bring in different disciplinary perspectives relevant for human rights theory and practice: The Course aims at an interdisciplinary debate between philosophy, jurisprudence, and political science, and a dialogue between researchers and human rights activists from the region.

The topic of this year’s course is Human rights and violence. At first sight, it is pretty clear that these are mutually exclusive concepts: Rule of law and human rights are just here to replace relations of violence by relations regulated by rules and principles acceptable for all concerned. We need human rights to enjoy social guarantees that conflicts and ways of conflict-resolution will not violate our basic interests and our dignity.

Still, human rights have an ‘interventionist core’. Taking them seriously does not only imply not to violate them oneself. It implies duties to protect and to help others, whose human rights are under threat or who are already deprived. In that regard, no social sphere and no state should be immune against necessary interference to realize basic human rights. Some proponents of a ‘political conception’ of human rights even argue that the point and purpose of human rights is just to set limits to the sovereignty of states and that the violation of a human right is a reason for intervention in the international arena.

Course lecturers:

Neven Petrović, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Ana Matan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lana Pavić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Josip Lučev, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Borna Zgurić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Amar Rešić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Barbara Elisabeth Mueller, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Corinna Mieth, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Bernd Ladwig, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Stefan Huster, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Jan Brezger, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Senada Šelo Šabić, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia
Georg Lohmann, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Daniel Jacob, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Arnd Pollmann, University of Magdeburg, Germany