Postgraduate Conference - Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developing Rights in a Developing World

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May 18, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Law and Legal History, Philosophy, Public Policy, Humanities

This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference looks at how human rights function in a changing world, including how human rights are being developed and expanded in light of new or evolving technologies or issues such as reproductive rights, refugees, and the climate, and even, how the purpose and impact of human rights are changing. 

We invite contributions that consider, amongst other issues:

  • What is the current status of human rights?
  • Are human rights conceptually and theoretically successful, or do they need amending and/or replacing?
  • Can human rights apply to changing environments, such as the online world?
  • How should we implement human rights in countries that are still developing their human rights?
  • How do human rights apply to developing issues, such as reproductive rights, etc?
  • How can human rights link to sustainable development goals, with a particular focus on modern slavery?

We invite submissions from postgraduates working in any discipline related to human rights for (1) paper presentations or (2) a five-minute talk as part of a roundtable discussion on sustainable development goals (chaired by Professor Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham). 

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 18th May 2018. 

  • To present a postgraduate paper (no longer than 20 minutes) please submit an anonymised abstract of 500 words maximum and a separate document containing author information (name, paper title, email address, and affiliation) to
  • To deliver a 5-minute presentation as one of the 4 postgraduate student speakers in the SDG roundtable, please send a brief description of your current research and summary indicating which SDGs you see this research connecting to, alongside a suggestion of questions and issues that you would like to consider during the panel.

For more details please see the conference website: 

This one day, interdisciplinary postgraduate takes place at the University of Birmingham, Friday 20th July. The conference is free. Lunch and refreshments are provided. The conference is generously supported by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and The Rights Lab, Nottingham. 

Contact Info: 

For enquires please contact the conference lead organiser Helen Ryland at