University Of Strathclyde’s Roundtable on Human Rights Law/Lawyers @ Glasgow [May 8]: Registrations Open

About the organisation

Centre For The Study Of Human Rights Law, Law School, University Of Strathclyde

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law is a hub for all things human rights at the University of Strathclyde Law School.

About the event

Roundtable: Dignity, Degrading Treatment, Torture and the Role of Human Rights Law(yers) on Wed, 8 May 2019.

Venue: Confucius Institute Room, Ground floor, Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde, 141 St James’ Road, Glasgow, G4 0LT, United Kingdom.

This roundtable event marks a year since the publication of Webster (2018), Dignity, Degrading Treatment and Torture in Human Rights Law: The Ends of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Routledge Research in Human Rights Law Series) and explores broad themes stemming from the book.

The book’s starting point is that the category of degrading treatment is an underexplored yet crucial site of analysis for understanding the parameters of the prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in international human rights law.

It proposes an interpretive methodology for arriving at a conceptual account of degrading treatment and provides an analysis which draws upon frameworks of legal interpretation, philosophical approaches to the idea of human dignity, and insights from social philosophy and social psychology alongside systematic case-law analysis.

Dr Elaine Webster will give an overview of the book’s approach, its interpretation of degrading treatment within the prohibition of torture and outline some of its key findings.

Three invited discussants will focus on themes stemming from the book, for example

  • The concept of human dignity and its effect on conceptions of human rights;
  • Navigating human rights law’s underpinning ideas and their inter-relationships;
  • Limitations and opportunities in understanding particular forms of suffering through the lens of the text of the prohibition of torture;
  • The role of academic lawyers in progressive human rights interpretation.

The contributions will be followed by a Q&A and open discussion of emerging themes in research in this and related fields.

The Roundtable will be chaired by Dr Mary Neal, School of Law, University of Strathclyde.

For registration and full details, click here.

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