Deadline for proposals has been extended to 30 October 2016See update
Migration, Mobility and Human Rights
In the Mediterranean and beyond
While Human Rights are usually conceived as universal entitlements which all human beings possess wherever they are located, the realities of their enforcement were traditionally grounded upon the legal systems of territorially bound sovereign states. Yet contemporary movements of populations across state boundaries have raised critical questions about how we can re-think both Human Rights and their enforcement in a more flexible manner which can address the fluid and mobile transnational contexts which now frame most peoples’ lives.
- How is the tension between human rights as an inherent attribute of the person which they carry wherever they go, and human rights as part of state legal systems which vary depending on the territory the person is located in, resolved in practice?
- How has mobility impacted upon (a) the protection of human rights and (b) the perception of the protection of human rights provided by states?
- How does the orthodox legal construction of human rights, as being primarily rooted in the territorial state, change upon encountering the continuous mobility (whether forced or not), which has become characteristic of the Euro-Mediterranean region?
- How are fundamental rights such as access to education, to healthcare etc. affected by migration and mobility?
The selection of papers will be completed by 30 October 2016. Full papers are to be delivered by 30 November 2016. Selected papers will be invited for a contribution to an edited volume by the Mediterranean Human Rights Review. Please indicate, when submitting abstracts, if your paper will be available for publication.
For more information, please contact Ms Corinne Fenech.