Track 2 – Convergence and divergence within international human rights law


This track focuses on

-relations between or comparisons of different layers of human rights law

-the management of uniformity and diversity within human rights law

The traditional segregated approach, which studies different courts and legal orders in isolation does not any longer provide adequate conceptual and normative tools to grasp the evolutions of international and European human rights law. This track deals with both the challenges and the opportunities that arise in the new global legal landscape. Panels will address a range of topics, including the boundaries and overlaps of human rights norms, judicial dialogue and cross-fertilization. Seeking to develop a nuanced understanding of the trade-off between convergence and divergence in international human rights law, we are more particularly, but not exclusively interested in contributions which rely on specific case studies which deal with the relationship between human rights and the growing anti-discrimination regime, the analysis of, and comparison between different human rights bodies, including in their institutional and procedural dimensions, and the role played by judicial restraint, deference and weak judicial review in accommodating legal diversity.

Track leaders: prof. Emmanuelle Bribosia and prof. Isabelle Rorive (ULB): and

Track 1 – Theorizing fragmentation and integration in human rights law
Track 3 – Convergence and divergence between national and international human rights law
Track 4 – Convergence and divergence between international human rights law and other branches of international law
Track 5 – Human rights are useless/useful

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