Rescuing Our Inalienable Rights

Rescuing Our Inalienable Rights


International Conference on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. ( ... ) Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” These were the words of Eleonor Roosevelt, who oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1947-48. The UDHR is a remarkable achievement as it has reflected a consensus among various nations with differing historical, religious, political, and cultural traditions. The UDHR has presented a vision that repels the excess of both individualism and collectivism and, at the same time, symbolizes the opening of a new era in which human rights have become the dominant mode of discourse.

Even though or precisely because of the remarkable achievements of the UDHR, there have been growing disagreements worldwide and especially within the Western world in the last decades as to what human rights are. The wide acceptance of the UDHR has led numerous special-interest groups to capture the moral force and prestige of the human-rights discourse and project for their own purposes. Emerging new and false claims of rights that distort the idea of inalienable rights along with the responsibility that are integral part of those rights, the shrinking role of subsidiarity that undermines the universality of this idea as well as the misconception of the role of national sovereignty all warrant reflection today.

The Mathias Corvinus Collegium and the Barna Horváth Hungary Law and Liberty Circle are proud to host the “Rescuing Our Inalienable Rights” international conference to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR. The unique conference convenes world-renown professors, thinkers and scholars from nearly every legal culture to share their thoughts and own experiences on the most burning challenges the human rights system faces today, as well as on whether and how our inalienable rights can be rescued.

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Date: September 27 (Wednesday), 2023 – 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Venue: Mathias Corvinus Collegium 3-7 Tas vezér utca, Budapest 1113