Call for papers | The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms – Belgium (Deadline: 15 April 2020)

The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), was opened for signature in Rome on 4 November 1950. The Convention will thus be 70 next autumn.

The Human Rights Centre wishes to take the opportunity of this anniversary to take stock of the history of the Convention system and to think about its future during an international conference.

The Conference’s format is devised to facilitate reflections that celebrate achievements without ignoring challenges. The aim is to create a panorama of the most important features of the ECHR system, in a critical perspective that is socially, historically and politically aware. The Conference wants to be a meeting place for the scholarly community researching the ECHR, in addition to reaching out to practitioners and civil society.

The conference will take place in Ghent (Belgium), from 18 until 20 November 2020.


Confirmed plenary speakers include Professors Başak Çali, Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, and Marco Duranti. The closing plenary session will feature European Court of Human Rights’ President Sicilianos and Vice-President Spano in conversation with Professor Eva Brems.

Call for papers

They welcome submissions by junior as well as senior scholars on any ECHR-related topic, including, but not restricted to, the following research interests currently being pursued within the HRC:

– Non-legal approaches to the ECHR
– Historical analysis of legal reasoning by the ECtHR
– The ECHR in comparative perspective
– The ECHR in interaction with domestic law
– National perspectives on ECHR history
– The impact of ECtHR judgments in detention cases
– Evidence in the ECHR system
– The ECHR and (digital) technologies
– Migration and the ECHR
– Children’s rights in the ECHR
– Gender and/or LGBTIQ* rights in the ECHR
– Rights of (members of) cultural/religious minorities under the ECHR

More information can be found here



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