The Human Rights in a Time of Populism conference will discuss the challenges that current developments characterized as populist pose to the goals of the international human rights system.
The multidisciplinary conference will address questions including:
What is populism? Is it increasing and, if so, why?
What challenges does populism create for the protection of internationally recognized human rights?
How can human rights NGOs and human rights institutions respond to these challenges?
Have human rights NGOs or institutions contributed unintentionally to the rise of populism by provoking backlash? Does increased populism point in other ways to lessons that should be learned by human rights NGOs or institutions?
Speakers will address these questions generally and within particular national or regional contexts.
The conference will take place for 1.5 days on March 23-24, 2018 at Harvard Law School, in Kirkland and Ellis Classroom, Langdell Hall. It is free and open to the public.