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Human Rights Challenges in the 21st Century Conference

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Birmingham City University

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Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and Birmingham City University are pleased to invite you to attend our ‘Human Rights Challenges in the 21st Century’ inter-disciplinary Postgraduate Research conference. The conference will engage with contemporary challenges for human rights, with presentations from a range of Postgraduate Researchers to showcase how their research links to human rights.

Through six panels as detailed below, the conference will highlight the areas that deal with and are affected by challenges facing the promotion and protection of the rights of all globally.

A welcome address will be given from Professor Jon Yorke. Jon Yorke is Professor of Human Rights at Birmingham City University, where he is the Director of the BCU Centre for Human Rights (CHR).

The morning keynote address will be delivered by Professor William A. Schabas. Professor Schabas is a Professor of International Law at Middlesex University in London. He is also Professor of International Human Law and Human Rights at Leiden University, Emeritus Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland Galway and Honorary Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

The afternoon keynote address will be delivered by prominent human rights lawyer, Vicki Prais. Vicki
has worked with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and various non-governmental organisations. Vicki is currently a Human Rights Advisor to the UK government at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the charity, Prisoners Abroad. http://www.vickiprais.com/

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9.00am Registration – Tea/Coffee/Pastries

9.30am – 9.45am Welcome from Professor Jon Yorke

9.45am – 10.45am Keynote Address: Professor William Schabas

10.45am – 11.00am Break – Tea/Coffee

11.00am – 12.15pm Panel One: Protecting the Rights of Children
Panel Two: Silent Voices: The Right to be Heard

12.15pm – 1.15pm Lunch and Poster Presentations

1.15pm – 2.15pm Panel Three: Healthcare as a Human Right
Panel Four: Rights Beyond the State: Trans-National Actors as Agents

2.15pm – 3.15pm Keynote Address: Vicki Prais

3.15pm – 3.30pm Break – Tea/Coffee

3.30pm – 4.45pm Panel Five: The Narratives of Truth in Media
Panel Six: Questions of Legitimacy in State Action

4.45pm – 5.00pm Conference Close

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