From the days of Magna Carta, the significance of Human Rights (HR) has grown over the centuries and obtained concrete forms when democracies settled on to good governance by incorporating them in their constitutions. They got recognition and sponsorship through international conventions and protocols. In time, this international consensus led to the formation of human rights institutions and commissions within and among the nations of the world. Today, courts in various democratic countriesexpress their concern on HRs and formulate innovative and effective methods to meet violations withintheir jurisdictions. The right to development is recognized as an individual human right and a societalright.
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (Cochin), Kerala is organizing a three day Seminar on “Human Rights: International and National Perspectives” to focus on the widening frontiers of HR law and to equip those who are engaged in teaching HRs, lawyers and activists.
Date of Seminar: March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015
THEMES OF THE SEMINAR
Development and the People
Right to development as human rights and societal right - land acquisition, compensation and rehabilitation: new perspectives - dams, a boon or a bane? - development-induced displacement – are better facilities for oustees really better in a different habitat? – rehabilitation before commencement of development work, the unsolved problem – migration from rural to urban society – challenges of increasing urbanization - homelessness, slums, inadequate settlement and landlessness: a human rights dilemma - population explosion - public participation in decision making, how to realise it – towards good governance.
Sustainable development - land use, abuse and non-use - wet lands, coastal area and forests - mining of minerals and sands - alternative energy sources - nuclear power and nuclearization.
Rights of Stake Holders
Gender Justice - Convention on Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) - incorporation of the concept into the Indian legal system - treaty making powers -judicial contribution women’s commission - home makers and domestic workers - equal pay for equal work - lack of determining norms - work environment - legal recognition of dignity - the responsibility of the executive and the legislature in ensuring gender equity - judicial responses - non representation in decision making - policy on status of women in India - the ILO Conventions - the Kathmandu Declaration for the Rights of South Asian Home-based Workers (2010) - Unorganised Sector - universality of gender justice problems economic independence and patriarchy.
Traditional fisherman and forest dwellers: the impact of law and regulation – the impact of mechanised fishing - legal framework for recognising HRs and for inclusive development - law to redesign the legal control - indigenous people, traditional knowledge and intellectual property.
Scavengers – use of human waste as manure - the Bangalore model.
Growth and Inclusive Development
Quest for development - urban environmental degradation and resource depletion - habitat change to generations: present and future - poverty, urbanization, habitat change and environmental degradation participation of a cross- section of society in development - equitable distribution and redistribution of benefits - state obligation and role - are we still a welfare state? - Socio-economic support structures.
Last date for submission: February 25, 2015
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