Human Rights Under Threat? Denmark & the European Convention on Human Rights


Denmark has traditionally been a strong supporter of human rights. This is demonstrated by the fact that Denmark was a founding member of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which protects citizens against human rights violations.

But things have changed.

In recent years, there has been an increasingly bitter debate about the ECHR and Denmark’s continued membership.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is hosting a lecture on 10 October featuring Jacques Hartmann, a senior lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Dundee in Scotland, who argues that the debate around the ECHR is often confused, uninformed and at times misleading.

His discussion addresses some of the fundamental questions that dominate the debate around the ECHR in both the UK and Denmark. Hartmann argues that the fundamental lessons on the importance of human rights for a functioning democracy have been forgotten.

The event is open for all.

Date and time: 10 October, 15:00-16:30

Location: Beijing Conference room at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Stora Gråbrödersgatan 17 B, Lund

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More About Jacques Hartmann

Hartman is Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Dundee. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University, where he also worked as Research Associate at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He has taught international and human rights law at universities around the world, including Aarhus, Copenhagen, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and SDU, and is currently Visiting Lecturer at La Sabana University, Colombia. Prior to joining the University of Dundee, Jacques worked as Legal Officer at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.