On 30 and 31 January 2020 the international conference Positive state obligations concerning fundamental rights and ‘changing the hearts and minds’ will take place at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The conference will cover topics of enduring relevance and growing importance concerning (the reach of) positive state obligations in relation to prejudice and discrimination; and will address these from a multidisciplinary perspective. Positive state obligations are fundamentally geared at the effective protection of fundamental rights. Over time, these positive state obligations have increased in terms of variety and strength. At the same time, these positive state obligations cannot be absolute.
The conference explores how far state obligations go to ensure effective protection against discrimination in interpersonal relationships. In order to explore this theme fully, three clusters of presentations and articles have been identified: one providing the multi-disciplinary framework, one zooming in on the historical perspective and one that charts the relevant jurisprudence of a range of international human rights courts in relation to four vulnerable groups, often targets of prejudice and discrimination: Roma, women, LGBTI and persons with a disability.
Eleven international speakers will present their draft papers for the ensuring special issue of Erasmus Law Review during the conference. The conference will consist of four panels: one in the afternoon of the 30th, two in the morning of the 31st and one in the afternoon of the 31st January.