13 May – A World Court of Human Rights: how would it work?
4:30pm, Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Professor Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Human Rights Protection at University of Vienna and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture since December 2004
The idea of a World Court of Human Rights is not entirely new. Already in 1947, the Australian Government argued for the establishment of an International Court of Human Rights. Due to the rising tensions of the Cold War, however, the proposal did not find consensus among States. Thus the World Court of Human Rights was never realised, nor were then other initiatives, such as an International Criminal Court or a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. But while these two ideas were set into practice after the end of the Cold War, the proposal of a World Court of Human Rights remained stigmatised as utopian.
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