Latin American human rights principles continuously led to the evolution of human rights worldwide. However, regional mechanisms have often been met with suspicion by states themselves, which resort to the Politicization of Human Rights. NOVA School of Law features as keynote speaker Professor Angel Oquendo, who will address the topic of politicization of human rights in general through the overview of his recent research in the forthcoming book “The Politicization of Human Rights in the Americas and Beyond”, while the first panel will be dedicated to the discussion of these issues in relation to the Latin American Paradigm.

Secondly, the next panel will explore the politicization of human rights in relation to corporate activities. Indeed, over the past few decades, the number of multinational corporations have grown exponentially and has been accompanied by increased economic power and power of political influence by corporate actors. Simultaneously, a growing number of adverse human rights impacts have been reported in companies’ operations and throughout their supply chains worldwide.  Various strategies have been used in order to define corporate human rights responsibilities, from self-regulation by companies themselves to the adoption of soft law instruments at the international level, and more recently, the adoption of binding instruments requiring companies to exercise due diligence in relation to their adverse human rights and environmental impacts. The second panel will examine these dynamics in the light of the Politicization of Business and Human Rights.

Thirdly, in Europe, a growing number of states openly confronts the current human rights system by introducing political agendas which undermine the existing European acquis in crucial areas such as migration. In contrast, European legal discourse is evolving towards the need for a systemic integration of human rights at a national and international level, rethinking the role of human rights supranational bodies. These dimensions of the Politicization of Human Rights in Europe will be explored by the last panel, following a comparative approach. 

Taking into account the strong current trends in international legal scholarship towards the comparative approach between the various human rights systems and fields, Nova School of Law seeks to offer the opportunity to contribute to this debate at the international level. With the present conference, NOVA School of Law continues its academic commitment to endorse the protection of human rights and sustainable development.

 Submissions should discuss one (1) of the three topics featured in the Conference Agenda, namely:

  • The politicization of human rights in the Inter-American System
  • The politicization of human rights in the corporate world
  • Dimensions of the Politicization of Human Rights in Europe

Authors are encouraged to submit an abstract together with a short CV by August 25, 2020, at 23:59 Lisbon time (UTC+1) in the following email address: .

Submission guidelines:

  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
  • Abstracts should be written in English and submitted both in MS Word format (.docx) and PDF (.pdf).
  • Short CVs should be submitted in English, in either MS Word (.docx) or PDF format and should not exceed two (2) pages.

The outcome of the submissions will be communicated by September 4, 2020.

Full paper submissions should be submitted by October 4, 2020.

The conference will take place on the 15 October 2020 – 10:00 am – 18:00 (Lisbon time)

Due to possible Covid-19 related restrictions, the conference will be held online via Zoom platform.

An in-person workshop will be held on October 16, comprising individual presentations and feedback sessions with Professor Oquendo exclusively for a small group of selected Doctoral Students. Attendance to the workshop will be mainly via invitation; conference submissions, however, will also be taken into consideration. The workshop will take place in Lisbon and is limited strictly to fifteen (15) participants.