Human Rights and Humanitarianism – a Complicated Relationship?
In the last two decades, humanitarianism and human Rights have crystallized as two flourishing fields of research within various disciplines. Humanitarianism and human rights are often presented as opposing terms, and sometimes even as rival concepts. Despite the efforts to draw a clear line between them, the boundaries between aid, relief, and rights remain both blurred and complicated.Rather than highlighting the differences between humanitarianism and human rights, leading experts from political science, international law, and international history will focus on the manifold overlaps and links. When and how did these concepts compete and reinforce each other? In what ways did the emergence of humanitarian norms influence and contribute to the global emergence of international human rights law? And finally, how does this entwined history influence our landscape of international politics and crisis management today?
Panel: Prof. Dr. Michael Barnett (Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC); Prof. Dr. Julia Irwin (Professor of International History, University of South Florida, Tampa); Prof. Dr. Angelika Nußberger (Professor of International Law, University of Cologne, and former Vice President at the European Court of Human Rights in Straßbourg); chair: Prof. Dr. Fabian Klose (Professor of International History and Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Cologne)