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Human Rights

The Discussion Group on Human Rights is curated by the members of the Max Planck Research Group MAGGI which is led by Janne Mende.

The Discussion Group on Human Rights is intended for research fellows and visiting scholars of the Max Planck Institute, who are concerned with the national, regional and international protection of human rights, as well as institutional aspects of human rights protection within the framework of a research project or dissertation. The discussion group provides an opportunity for mutual exchange on selected topics and current developments in the field of human rights. Both universal and regional human rights protection with a special focus on European and other multi- level systems constitute the group`s main interest. In addition to regularly scheduled meetings, the Discussion Group endeavors to maintain contact with other research institutions and organizes lectures on selected topics concerning international human rights protection.

For previous sessions, please check the archive.


08.11.2023: Book discussion with Limor Yehuda about her book "Collective Equality: Human Rights and Democracy in Ethno-National Conflicts"

Details to be announced.

Description of Limor Yehuda's book "Collective Equality: Human Rights and Democracy in Ethno-National Conflicts":

“In recent decades international and regional human rights norms have been increasingly applied to constitutional provisions, revealing significant tensions between primary political arrangements, such as power-sharing institutions, and human rights norms. This book argues that these tensions, generally framed as a peace versus justice dilemma, are built on an individualistic conception of justice that fails to account for the empirical reality in places characterized by ethnically based political exclusion and inequalities. By introducing the concept of 'Collective Equality' as a new theoretical basis for the law of peace, this timely book proposes a new approach for dealing with the tensions between peace-related arrangements and human rights norms. Through principled, pragmatic, and legal reasoning the book develops a new paradigm that captures more accurately what equality and human rights mean and require in the context of ethno-national conflicts, and provides potent guidance for advancing justice and peace in such places.”

19.04.2023: Human Rights and the World Cup - Lessons Learned? (Video recording available below)

The video recording of the event can be viewed here: "Human Rights and the World Cup: Lessons Learned?"