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Call for Abstracts Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience Utrecht University 5 April 2017

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As part of the FRAME project (Fostering Human Rights among European Policies) the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) organizes an academic workshop on Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience on 5 April 2017. This workshop aims to bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars working on the intersections of human rights and the notion of vulnerability.

In recent years, vulnerability has emerged as a concept in human rights law. The concept has been used to elaborate states’ obligations towards people who are particularly at risk of suffering human rights violations. At the same time, human rights law and institutions are vulnerable themselves. Populist movements foster a backlash against human rights. In the face of this backlash, can an emphasis on the idea of universal human vulnerability strengthen human rights? Does the concept of vulnerability hold potential to make human rights live up to its universalist…

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