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Venice Academy of Human Rights – Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge.

The 2018 Venice Academy of Human Rights will focus on “Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights”, under the coordination of Professor Crépeau, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017, current Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University, Canada and recently appointed 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor at Université catholique de Louvain.

The Programme

Migration is a complex issue. It cannot be reduced to simple answers and populist formulas. One needs to delve into the complexity of human mobility and develop nuanced opinions, informed by the experience and expertise of the migrants themselves. This 2018 Venice Summer Academy is dedicated to developing such sophisticated analysis, weaving numerous threads: economic gains and costs for countries and individuals; cultural and existential anxieties; labour rights of all workers, including migrants; human rights of all, including migrants; freedom of movement regional zones; limitations of our present conception of representative democracy…

The Faculty

The faculty is composed by internationally acclaimed experts such as Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands; Didier Bigo, Professor at King’s College London Department of War studies and MCU Research Professor at Sciences-Po Paris, and Ryszard Cholewinski, Senior Migration Specialist in the ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut, among others.

Early Bird: 11 April 2018

Registration deadline: 23 May 2018

Course dates: 2 – 7 July 2018

Target: Participation is open to academics, practitioners, Ph.D./J.S.D. and master students from all countries of the world with an advanced knowledge of human rights. In the selection of participants, the Academy puts great emphasis on fostering interdisciplinarity and securing gender equality.

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