Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To commemorate Human Rights Day and the 73rd birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we invite you to join us for a week of online activities.

Human Rights Week Events

Webinar: The Council of Europe's responses to the decay of the rule of law and human rights protections
Tuesday, 07.12.2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET | Online via Zoom

This panel will discuss the responses to the decay of the rule of law and human rights protections by five Council of Europe institutions: the European Court of Human Rights, the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. This event is organised by the Hertie School Centre for Fundamental Rights in collaboration with the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review; the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts; and the Law & Society Institute at Humboldt University, Berlin.  

Learn more and register here.

Research presentation: Effectiveness and changes of preferences: ‘Trustworthy AI’ as an emerging human rights norm
Wednesday, 08.12.2021 | 12:00 pm 1:00 pm CET | Online via Zoom

In this presentation Dr Naiade el-Khoury (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law) will discuss the emerging norm of trustworthy AI laid out in the Artificial Intelligence Act of the European Union and its effectiveness. The act serves to protect fundamental rights and the public interest, however at the same time, is considerably restricts fundamental rights.

This presentation is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium's cluster on 'Effectiveness of Human Rights'. Registered attendees will receive the draft paper, on which the presentation is based, via e-mail prior to the event.

Learn more and register here.

Film screening and discussion: Shadow Game
Wednesday, 08.12.2021 | 6:00 pm 7:00 pm CET | Online via Zoom

The online screening of the prize-winning documentary “Shadow Game”, which follows the attempts of children and teenagers to cross European borders in search of a better future and their numerous encounters with Europe’s violent border and mobility regime, will be followed by a discussion on the contemporary border and mobility regime documented in the film.

Registered attendees will receive a custom link for watching the film on their own as well as dial-in details for joining the panel discussion via Zoom prior to the event. The film will be available from 06.12.2021 until 10.12.2021. 

Learn more and register here.