How International Law and Human Rights Inspired the Velvet Revolution: A Tribute to Vaclav Havel | Lecture and Discussion

When: 17.09.2019 - 17:30 - 19:00
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

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Come join this lecture on how International Law - which has its origin in the Peace of Westphalia, and at its core was intended to protect the new sovereign nation state - finds itself having to contend with a parallel legal order - human rights norms - which is intended to protect people against the power of the state.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights after World War II was a remarkable achievement.  It was followed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which is legally binding on all signatory states. This lecture by Professor Max Hilaire will address how these two bodies of law, International Law and Human Rights Law, inspired the leaders of the Velvet Revolution, which transformed the international system and changed the course of history.

In English.