Updated program


First Day

Friday, November 2, 2018


09.00 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 10.00 Opening

First Session: A Glance at Human Rights from Today’s Perspective

The aim of the opening session is to look at the ideological and historical background of the international human rights regime from a wide perspective, thereby presenting a general framework for the entire workshop.

To this purpose, the panel is meant to address a number of major topics and problem areas, including the conceptual foundations of human rights, the variety of political contestations and ideological disputes that shaped their meaning and scope, and the institutional construction of the international human rights regime.

10.00 – 11.00 The Emergence of the Concept of Human Rights, Its Transformation and Ideological Construction

Prof. Dr. Nilgün Toker

Solidarity Academy of Izmir

11.00 – 11.20 Break

 11.20 – 12.30 Institutional Construction of the Human Rights Regime

Dr. Radha D’Souza

University of Westminster School of Law

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

Second Session: The Jurisdiction of International Human Rights

The aim of this session is to discuss whether the judicial or quasi-judicial mechanisms of the human rights systems that were formed after WWII provide the rights holders with an effective legal remedy. The subject will be discussed with the examples from the UN, ECtHR and African Human and Peoples’ Rights systems in order to give a holistic perspective.

13.30 – 14.30 The Protection of Human Rights by Judicial Mechanisms of the UN

Att. Micole Savia

Representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers at the UN

14.30 – 14.40 Break

14.40 -15.40 How Successful is the African Human and Peoples’ Rights System?

Abdulatif Kedir Idris

Addis Ababa University Center for Human Rights

15.40 – 15.50 Break

15.50 – 17.30 The Dilemma of the ECtHR

“In Memory of Tahir Elçi”

Tahir Elçi Documentary

With presentation of director Ümit Kıvanç-


Att. A. Deman Güler

Ege İnsan Hakları Okulu

Prof. Dr. Bill Bowring

President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights(ELDH)

Att. F. Özgür Erol

Board Member of the Platform of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHP)

Att. Benan Molu

Member of Istanbul Bar

All Day Event  :

 Photograph Exhibition: Unsettled Lives

Venue               : Nesin Library

Time                 : All day

Evening Events   :

Wine Tasting

Venue: Bolkepçe Restaurant, Nesin Village

Time   : 20.00


Second Day

Saturday, November 3, 2018


08.30 – 09.00 Registration

First Session: On the Verge of Human Rights, War and Refugees

War and asylum are widespread facts of the 21st century, despite the fact that human rights systems are established to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals and specific groups in peaceful societies. The aim of this session is to discuss the competence of the international human rights regime in preventing wars and overcoming the refugee crisis.

09.00 – 10.30 What is the Place of Refugees in Human Rights? From 1951 Convention to the EU – Turkey Deal


Att. Fatma Demirer

Co-Chair of the Izmir Branch of ÖHP

Prof. Dr. Cem Terzi

President of the Association of Bridge of the Peoples

Att. Carlos Orjuela

Founder of Lesbos Legal Center

Cansu Akbaş Demirel

Solidarity Academy of Izmir

10.30 – 10.40 Break

10.40 – 12.30 Deterrent Effects of the Mechanisms of Humanitarian Law


Att. Eda Yakmaz

International Human Rights Academy of the Aegean

Dr. Carla Ferstman

University of Essex, School of Law

Att. Jun Sasamoto

Secretary General of Confederation of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific (COLAP)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

First Session: Relation of the Human Rights Regime with Democracy

By focusing on the recent crisis of political legitimacy in constitutional democracies, this session aims to discuss the meaning of this crisis with regards to human rights in general and the international human rights regime in particular. The session will focus on three problem areas: The relations and the tensions between constitutional democracy and international human rights regime; the global rise of populism, its political meaning and effects on human rights; and the relation of democratic social movements to international human rights regime, their objections and expectations.


Ass. Prof. Dr. Serdar Tekin

Solidarity Academy of Izmir

13.30 – 14.30 Is International Human Rights Law Indispensable for Democracy?

Ass. Prof. Dr. Kasım Akbaş

Signatory of Academics for Peace

14.30 – 14.40 Break

14.40 – 15.40 Populism: An Objection to the Established Order or the End of Human Rights?

Tanıl Bora

Writer, Translator, Editor

15.40 – 15.50 Break

15.50 – 16.50 What are the Expectations of Democratic Social Movements from the Human Rights Regime?
Prof. Dr. Louis Lemkow

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Sociology

Evening Events:


Low Pay? Won’t Pay! – Dario Fo – Amed City Theatre

Note: The play is in Kurdish language and Turkish subtitles will be provided.

Venue:Theatre Madrasa

Time   :19.30


Anadolu Quartet

Venue: Theatre Madrasa

Time   : 21.30


Third Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018


08.30 – 09.00 Registration

 09.00 – 12.00 Forum

 Future of the International Human Rights Regime: Alternatives or Reconstruction?


Ümit Kıvanç

Journalist, Writer, Documentarist


Prof. Dr. Nilgün Toker

Dr. Radha D’Souza

Prof. Dr. Bill Bowring

Dr. Carla Ferstman

12.00 – 12.10 Closing

 12.10 – 13.00 Lunch

13.30 – 17.00 Day Trip to Ephesus Open Air Museum

Place  : Nesin Maths Village, Şirince, Izmir, Turkey
Date   : 2 – 4 November 2018

 Note: Registration is necessary in order to participate to the events of IHRAA Autumn Workshop 2018. Participation is limited in certain numbers. All registration procedures will be made online. Participants will be given a certificate at the end of the workshop. The basic needs such as the meals (four times in a day), accommodation, participation to the events and internet connection will be supplied by the IHRAA and Nesin Village. Please check the web sites of www.egeinsanhaklariokulu.orgor www.nesinkoyleri.orgfor application and more information.