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Human and Fundamental Rights

Coordinators: Anna KrisztiánMatilda Merenmies and Jasmine Sommardal

Contact: [email protected]

The Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group provides a forum for researchers to discuss issues related to the protection of human rights at domestic, regional and international levels. As of April 2019, this Working Group combines the former Fundamental Rights Working Group (established in May 2011) and the Human Rights Working Group-Law in Action Project (newly relaunched in April 2018).

The Working Group organises ad hoc events with invited external and internal speakers, and welcomes EUI researchers’ presentations.

It also provides an informal forum for discussing ideas, papers and case law through monthly meetings of its members. Our ambition is to keep track of the latest international and European legal developments and to contribute to research on human rights protection carried out in various forms at the EUI’s LAW Department and beyond.

The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Sarah Nouwen

Former conveners:

Stefan Luca, Hanna Eklund (2011-2014), Jan Trommer (2011-2012), Jan Zglinski (2011-2013), Luísa Lourenço (2012-2014), Marinus Van Den Brink (2013-2017), Daniela Alaattinoğlu, Stefano Osella, Raphaële Xenidis (2014-2018), Giovanna Gilleri (2017-2018), Sophie Duroy De Suduiraut.

Activities 2020-2021


  • 08 April 2021: Researchers’ Workshop 2021
  • 17 December 2020: Pushing the boundaries of your PhD? Applying socio-legal and empirical approaches to law
  • 14 December 2020: Regulating Human Rights Due Diligence Processes – A Matter of Duty? Presentation by Leonard Feld. Discussant: Dr. Lia Heasman (University of Helsinki). Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal
  • 10 December 2020: Exploring all avenues on Human Rights Day: Methods and Methodology in Human Rights Research. Presentations by Yussef Al-Tamimi, Rebecca Munro, Matilda Merenmies and Helga Molbæk-Steensig. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal
  • 1 December 2020: Social Europe and Low-Wage Workers, Post-Crisis: The Renewed Case for EU-Level Collective Bargaining. Presentation by Pascal McDougall (Sciences Po, Paris and Harvard Law School). Discussant: Nastazja Potocka-Sionek. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal
  • 19 November 2020: Distributive and Relational Discrimination, presentation by Rona Dinur, co-organised with the Legal and Political Theory Working Group
  • 16 November 2020: Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey's Kurdish Conflict. Presentation by Dr. Dilek Kurban (Hertie School of Governance). Co-organised with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group
  • 5 November 2020: Regular meeting of the Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group
  • 19 October 2020: Redistributive Wars, presentation by Dr. Lonneke Peperkamp. Discussant: Pavel Skigin. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal. Co-organised with the Legal and Political Theory Working Group. 
  • 13 October 2020: Social origin as a discrimination ground under Article 14 ECHR, presentation by Dr. Amalie Frese. Discussant: Matilda Merenmies. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal.
  • 6 October 2020: The European Commission Proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Legislative Uncertainties and Operational Pitfalls, discussion with Prof. Dr. Daniel Thym. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal. Co-organised with the Migration Working Group.
  • 9 September 2020: Regular meeting of the Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group.

Activities 2019-2020


  • 18 June 2020: “The Blind Letters: Women’s Access to Transitional Justice” presentation by Noemí Pérez Vásquez. Discussant: Dr. Daniela Alaattinoğlu. Moderator: Matilda Merenmies.
  • 15 June 2020: Regular meeting of the Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group.
  • 4 June 2020: Rehearsals of May Paper Defences for first year PhD researchers. Panelists: Anna Krisztián, Ihintza Palacin Mariscal and Janneke van Casteren.
  • 22 May 2020: Regular meeting of the Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group.
  • 24 February 2020: “Are There Global Obligations to Assist in the Realization of Socio-Economic Rights?” presentation by Elena Pribytkova. Discussant: Maria Kotsoni. Moderator: Jasmine Sommardal. Co-organized with the International Law Working Group.
  • 5 February 2020: Regular meeting of the Human and Fundamental Rights Working Group.
  • 10 December 2019: "Human Rights Day: Academics and Human Rights Careers". Speakers: Martin Scheinin, Elena Pribytkova, Giovanna Gilleri. Moderator: Anna Krisztian.
  • 14 October 2019: "The New Generation of Conscience Objections in Legal, Political, and Cultural Context". Speakers: Susanna Mancini, Michel Rosenfeld. Moderator: Gabor Halmai. Co-organised with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group and the Legal and Political Theory Working Group.

Activities 2018-2019


  • 12 June 2019: Workshop on “Language Rights in Europe: Current and Future Challenges”. Speakers: Anna Krisztian (EUI), Stefaan van der Jeught (Court of Justice of the European Union/Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Timothy Jacob-Owens (EUI), Rob Dunbar (University of Edinburgh), Ihintza Palacin Mariscal (EUI), Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez (University of Deusto, Bilbao). Moderators: Bruno de Witte and Gabor Halmai. Co-organised with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group.
  • 2 May 2019: State of the Union, Panel on the "Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU: 20 years after its proclamation and 10 years after its entry into force as law". Speakers: Michael O’Flaherty (Director, EU Fundamental Rights Agency), Allan Rosas, Judge (Court of Justice of the European Union), Silvana Sciarra (Judge, Italian Constitutional Court) and Sonya Walkila (Senior Adviser, Legislative Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Finland). Moderator: Sophie Duroy.
  • 21 March 2019: Book launch: "EU Anti-Discrimination Law Beyond Gender". Speakers: Dr Uladzislau Belavusau, Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz, Jeffrey Miller. Moderator: Giovanna Gilleri.

  • 10 December 2018: Human Rights Day: Sexual Violence - A Weapon of War? Panelists: Julie Wetterslev, Melanie Sauter, Marie Wilmet and Marina Aksenova. Film screening ('On her Shoulders'). Co-organised with the International Law Working Group.

  • 27 November 2018: EU Fundamental Rights and Artificial Intelligence: Reconciling the Irreconcilable? Speaker: Dr. Maja Brkan. Co-organised with the InfoSoc Working Group.

Activities 2017-2018


  • 21 May 2018: Discrimination as Stigma. Speaker: Iyiola Solanke. Discussant: Raphaële Xenidis. Chair: Lilla Farkas. Co-organised with the European Anti-Discrimination Law Working Group and the Human Rights Working Group. 
  • 14 May 2018: The Legitimacy of the European Human Rights Regime – A View from the United Kingdom. Speaker: Tamás Győrfi. Discussant: Richard Bellamy. Co-organised with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group and the Legal and Political Theory Working Group.
  • 14 May 2018: When Women’s Rights Are Not Human Rights: the Non Performativity of Equality for Survivors of Domestic Abuse in the Family Courts. Speaker: Shazia Choudhry. Discussants: Raphaële Xenidis. Co-organised with the Human Rights Working Group.
  • 5 March 2018: Undercover under Scrutiny: A Comparative Look at Undercover Policing in the United States, Italy, Germany and France. Speaker: Jacqueline Ross. Discussant: Martin Scheinin. Chair: Giovanna Gilleri.
  • 28 February 2018: The Forgotten Victims? Survivors of Involuntary Castration in the Nordic Countries. Speaker: Daniela Alaattinoğlu. Chair: Raphaële Xenidis. Co-organised with the LGBTIQ Interdisciplinary Working Group.
  • 23 November 2017: What Do We Owe To (Not So Distant) Strangers? Reflections on the ECtHR’s Medical Expulsion Case-Law. Speaker: Charlotte Steinorth. Discussant: Paul McDonough.
  • 16 October 2017: Global Gay Governance. Speaker: Aeyall Gross. Chair: Giovanna Gilleri. Co-organised with the EUI International Law Working Group.

Activities 2016-2017


  • 8 June 2017: Detention and Deterrence: Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy; and Frontier Cities: Local Authorities and the Silence of International Human Rights Law. Speakers: Claire Higgins and Barbara Oomen. Chair: Lilian Tsourdi
  • 1 June 2017: Extraterritoriality Online: The EU's Attempts at Setting a Global Data Protection Norm. Speaker: Mistale Taylor. Co-organised with the EUI International Law Working Group
  • 22 February 2017: Constitutional and Political Debates on Reproductive Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Case of Estonia and Romania. Speakers: Liiri Oja and Elena Brodeala. Discussants: Sonia Ariza Navarrete. The event is co-organised with the EUI Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group
  • 13 December 2016: Keeping Rights at Home: British Conceptions of Law and Compliance with the European Court of Human Rights. Speaker: Zoë Jay. Discussant: Urška Šadl
  • 23 November 2016: Freedom of Expression and Internet Service Providers after Delfi: Where now? Speaker: Eliška Pírková. Discussant: Gábor Halmai

Activities 2015-2016


  • 30 May 2016: Discussion: “My Most Difficult Interview: an interdisciplinary engagement with the art of interviewing”. Speakers: Sophie Lemiere (Max Weber fellow); Katharina Lenner (Max Weber fellow); Lilla Farkas (Law researcher); Dieneke de Vos (Law researcher); Ieva Grumbinaite (SPS researcher); Emma Nyhan (Law researcher); Elena Brodeala (Law researcher); and Anna Kandyla (SPS researcher). Chair: Daniela Alaattinoğlu on behalf of the FRWG.
  • 21 March 2016: Why Not Abolish the Laws of Urinary Segregation? Presentation by Prof. Mary Anne Case (Chicago Law School).
  • 11 March 2016: Gender Constitutionalism and Conscience Wars: the scholarship of Prof. Reva Siegel. 
  • 02 February 2016: Supporting the Ursula Hirschmann lecture, "Notorious RGB": a conversation with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, interviewed by Prof. Ruth Rubio-Marín.
  • 29 January 2016: The life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: awaiting the "notorious RBG".
  • 30 November 2015: Discussion on "Bringing discrimination back into context: the potential of anti-stereotyping in the hands of judges" with Alexandra Timmer (Utrecht University Law School).
  • 29 October 2015: "The human rights of sex workers": where do we go from here? Speaker: Orit Kamir. Discussant: Elise Herting.

Activities 2014-2015


  • 26 May 2015: EU criminal law and legality principle: the desirability of the ECJ's approach to a primordial fundamental right. Speaker: Mikhel Timmerman.
  • 09 April 2015: Sex(uality) and reproduction: evolution in human and fundamental rights law. Speakers: Paola Bergallo and Ruth Rubio-Marin. Discussants: Liiri Oja and Daniela Alaattinoglu.
  • 23 March 2015: The autonomy of EU law vs. fundamental rights? Speakers: Martin Scheinin and Bruno de Witte.
  • 25 November 2014: CJEU ON SCIENCE AND THE HUMAN BODY'S REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTIONS MINI-SERIES:​ Giovanni Sartor and Stefano Osella on Case C-167/12, C.D. and Case C-363/12, Z - Surrogacy, Motherhood, Logic and the Right to Parental Leave.
  • 23 October 2014: CJEU ON SCIENCE AND THE HUMAN BODY'S REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTIONS MINI-SERIES:  Aurora Plomer on Advocate General Cruz Villalon's Opinion in Case C-364/13, International Stem Cell Corporation and Case C-34/10, Brüstle - Embryos, Patent and the Right to Human Dignity. 

Activities 2013-2014


Activities 2012-2013


  • 18 April 2013: Joint event with the RELEX WG, Joris Larik and Heko Scheltema, on Case Nada v Switzerland ECtHR, Judgment of 12 September 2012, (the UN Security Council Resolutions and EU Law in the Light of the Accession of the EU to the ECHR)
  • 08 April 2013: SPRINGTIME FOR EUROPEAN FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS! series, Daniel Sarmiento, on Case C-399/11 Melloni, Case C-917/10 Åkerberg Fransson (The horizontal provisions of the Charter in the context of constitutional pluralism)
  • 20 March 2013: SPRINGTIME FOR EUROPEAN FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS! series, Dominique Ritleng, on Case C-399/11 Melloni, Case C-917/10 Åkerberg Fransson (The scope of the Charter and its relationship with the ECHR)
  • 30 January 2013: Philippe De Bruycker, on Case C-357/09 PPU Kadzoev, C-61-11 PPU El Dridi and C-329/11 Achughbabian (Detention and removal of illegally staying third-country nationals)
  • 07 November 2012: Judy Fudge, on Case C-147/08, Römer (discrimination based on sexual orientation)
  • 05 November 2012: Alan Dashwood, on Case C-34/09 Zambrano, C-254 Dereci and C-40/11 lida (Fundamental rights and free movement - The perils of over-interpretation)
  • 24 October 2012: Giulio Itzcovich, on Case of Lautsi and Others v. Italy, Judgment of 18 March 2011 (the ECtHR's Margin of Appreciation Doctrine)

Activities 2011-2012


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