Call for Papers: Interaction Between Human Rights: 50 Years of the Covenants



Event Date: 

09/29/16 to 09/30/16

Location name: 

Aarhus, Denmark



INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) is organising an academic workshop on29–30 September 2016 on the theme of Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants.

The colloquium will bring together scholars working on the interaction within the human rights regime on the international, regional and domestic planes. What is of interest is the way that the two covenants have influenced each other in their legal development; and, significantly, the way that different human rights systems have influenced each other in the definition and implementation of these rights.

Particular attention will be given to the activities of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and their role in interpreting and driving implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Abstract themes

INTRAlaw is accepting abstracts exploring one of the following themes:

  • Interaction between UN treaty bodies and regional and domestic human rights systems
  • Interaction between and within regional human rights systems (e.g. ECtHR/CJEU)
  • Indivisibility and interrelatedness of rights, in particular within and between the Covenants
  • The impact and influence of the ICCPR and ICESCR within thematic areas, especially refugee protection, business and human rights, armed conflict and counter-terrorism
  • Interaction between the Covenants and specialised human rights treaties
  • The role of the UN Human Rights Council in fostering compliance with the ICCPR and ICESCR
  • Implementation and enforcement of the ICCPR and ICESCR at the domestic and regional levels
  • Applicability of the Covenants to non-state actors (businesses, armed groups, international organisations)


  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including title of the presentation, author’s name, affiliations and email address. PhD candidates and other early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Abstracts must be sent to and, no later than 15 April 2016.
  • The authors of the selected abstracts will be required to submit a paper of max. 8000 words, footnotes included, by 15 September 2016.
  • It is intended that the results of the Colloquium will be published in an edited volume or a special journal issue.