Dienstag, 06. Oktober 2015, 19:00 - 22:00 iCal

Guest Lecture - Andrew Byrnes

"The need for a new UN convention on the human rights of older persons: Southern persistence, European resistance"

Dachgeschoß im Juridicum
Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien


== German version below ==

The world’s population is ageing, and the consequences of this will be felt even more acutely in the coming decades. Even now, ageism and shortfalls in the fulfilment of the human rights of older persons are widespread throughout the world. There is currently a campaign which originated among Latin American states and but which now enjoys broader support including among civil society groups, urging the adoption of a new United Nations convention on promoting and protecting the rights of older persons. Parallels have been drawn with the importance and impact of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty which would overlap with any new convention and which is likely to form a model for any new convention on older persons. At present member States of the United Nations are divided over whether such a treaty is necessary or desirable; we are now at a political impasse. This presentation will explore some of the arguments for and against such a convention, and raise some of the conceptual and definitional issues that would need to be addressed in the formulation of such an instrument.

Andrew Byrnes is Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where he is also Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre based in the UNSW Law School.

After the lecture, Ursula Naue (Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna) and Germain Weber (Research Center Human Rights; Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna) will be commenting on Andrew Byrnes’ presentation and share their expertise on this burning issue. Welcome address by Manfred Nowak (Research Centre Human Rights, University of Vienna; Ludwig Boltzmann of Human Rights). Christina Binder (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna) will be moderating the discussion.

Kindly observe that this event is held in English!

Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we ask you to kindly register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!

We are looking forward to welcoming you at this lecture!


== Scroll up for the English version ==

Andrew Byrnes ist Professor für Rechtswissenschaften an der University of New South Wales in Sydney und Vorsitzender des Australian Human Rights Centre an der UNSW Law School. Anschließend an den Vortag wird dieser von Ursula Naue (Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien) und Germain Weber (Forschungszentrum Menschenrechte und Fakultät für Psychologie der Universität Wien) kommentiert und ergänzt. Moderiert wird diese Diskussion von Christina Binder (Forschungszentrum Menschenrechte der Universität Wien).

Das Gespräch findet in englischer Sprache statt. Im Anschluss an die Podiumsdiskussion laden das Forschungszentrum Menschenrechte und das Ludwig Boltzmann Institut zu einem kleinen Umtrunk ein.

Der Eintritt ist frei, aus logistischen Gründen bitten wir um Anmeldung an humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!

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