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‘The Human Right to Political Participation’
First colloquium of the AHRC Research Network on ‘Institutionalising values: Beyond Human Rights?’

September 7th and 8th, 2009
Rooms 2X4 and 2X6, Cottrell Building
University of Stirling

Speakers
Kristina Bentley (University of the Western Cape)
Rowan Cruft (University of Stirling)
Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck College, London)
Martina Düttmann (Consultant for Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
Cécile Fabre (University of Edinburgh)
Alon Harel (Hebrew University)
Jonathan Heawood (Director, English PEN [promoting literature and human rights])
S. Matthew Liao (University of Oxford)
Sandra Marshall (University of Stirling)
Bill Paterson (University of Strathclyde)
Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick)
Massimo Renzo (University of Stirling)
Scott Veitch (University of Glasgow)
Leif Wenar (King’s College, London)

Timetable

Monday 7th September

9.30-10.00
Registration and tea/coffee

10.00-11.30
Fabienne Peter – ‘The right to political participation’
Response by Massimo Renzo

11.30-11.45
Break

11.45-13.15
Kristina Bentley – ‘Deliberative democracy and children’s political participation’
Response by Cécile Fabre

13.15-14.15
Lunch

14.15-15.45
Jonathan Heawood – ‘The ends of free speech: challenging campaigners’
Response by Alon Harel

15.45-16.00
Break

16.00-17.30
Martina Düttman – ‘Elections in post-conflict countries: local ownership’
Response by Rowan Cruft

19.00
Dinner

Tuesday 8th September

9.30-10.00
Tea/coffee

10.00-11.30
Bill Paterson – ‘Political Participation and the Democratization of the World Trade Organisation’
Response by Scott Veitch

11.30-11.45
Break

11.45-13.15
Leif Wenar – ‘Property rights and the resource curse’
Response by S. Matthew Liao

13.15-14.15
Lunch

14.15-15.45
Costas Douzinas – ‘The paradoxes of human rights’
Response by Sandra Marshall

15.45-16.00
Break

16.00-17.00
Roundtable discussion: is the discourse of human rights an appropriate means for securing political participation?

Format
The papers will be circulated in advance, and participants will be expected to have read them. Each paper has been assigned a respondent, who will introduce the discussion. A limited number of places are still available. If you are interested, please write to Rowan.Cruft (at) stir.ac.uk

For more information, see http://www.philosophy.stir.ac.uk/conferences/human-rights.php

Aims
Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives’. But is the moral importance of political participation appropriately characterised in the language of human rights? If so, what measures can best secure this right? And what is the relationship between this ‘political’ right and other rights, such as property rights or subsistence rights?

This is the first of four AHRC-funded events that will bring together a network of academic researchers and non-academic practitioners to examine and assess the role human rights play as the dominant contemporary means for institutionalising fundamental values. Future colloquia within the project include human rights: defenders vs. critics (March 2010); human rights beyond the law? (Autumn 2010); subsistence as a human right (Spring 2011). The aims of the events are to develop an interdisciplinary and trans-cultural understanding of the nature and usefulness of human rights discourse, and to draw on this to develop an understanding of general principles for the institutionalisation of values.


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