EU's Role in Protecting Human Rights in the World Today

Date: 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

See also: Harvard, RCC, Cambridge

Location: 

CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall

Trump Administration in the White House increased the need for the EU to define more clearly and forcefully its position in the world and its role as the defender of human rights, more prominent because of the new American administration.In this Seminar, a panel of leading academics from the FRAME research team will present their findings against the backdrop of extraordinary human rights challenges facing the EU. These challenges put into question the EU's self-perception that it can play the part of global human rights champion in a new world order. The panel will address the EU's emergency measures in response to the migration crisis and its stringent regime to combat the financial crisis in the Euro Area, issues that have divided Europe and demonstrated a degree of incoherence in its commitment to human rights. Speakers will also discuss the EU-US relationship in the age of Trump and how it will impact EU and US leadership on human rights and how EU can use its influence at the UN to further its human rights objectives in the light of this evolving relationship.

Speakers: Jeff Kenner, Professor of European Law, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham UK; Joana Abrisketa, Professor of International Law and European Union Law, University of Deusto; Jeremy Gunn, Professor of Law and Political Science, Université Internationale de Rabat; Jakub Jaraczewski, Senior Researcher in Constitutional Law, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Sponsor: RCC, EU Law and Government Study Group, Center for European Studies at Harvard