Human Rights as dialogue

Human rights are universal norms and standards that help us to govern and moderate our daily life, our working enviorment as well as leisure time. Whether we attain a healthy environment, seek fair trials and good working conditions, promote religious freedoms, emjoy freedom of expression and press and the right to leave ones own country at any time and seek physical and psychological integrity; no labour, security or foreign policy and no democracy can be successfull without full compliance of human rights standards . In dialogue with representatives from business and finances, with policy makers, diplomats and civil society, we dialogue, advise and inform about the implications of non-compliance with human rights in the public and private sectors. These dialogues also offer ways, means and opportunities that human rights have for a sustainable developemt in the economic, social, foreign, climate-, labour-, migration or security sector.

Anja Mihr explains the fundamentals of universality, a concept probably as old as humankind, and how it differs from “international” politics.

Mihr, A. (Academic). (2016). Universality [Streaming video]. Retrieved from SAGE Video.

Anja Mihr describes international human rights soft law, such as non-binding agreements, then transformed into law enforceable by international courts.

Mihr, A. (Academic). (2016). Universality [Streaming video]. Retrieved from SAGE Video.

Anja Mihr outlines the concept of a multi-stakeholder approach to human rights and who is expected to be involved in the discussion.

Mihr, A. (Academic). (2016). Universality [Streaming video]. Retrieved from SAGE Video.

Workshop: Cyber Justice - Human Rights based approach to Internet Governance (December 27, 2017)

How we will be governing and managing Big Data, Providers and ICT in the Internet will depend on how we define , organize and adhere to common rules for the Internet in the future. This will depend on governmental, civil/user and business cooperation. We will ‘all’ be responsible to protect human rights standards in the Internet, such as freedom and privacy rights, and foster people’s activities within that space. In light of the growing scope of communications and interactions in the internet, Anja Mihr shows how human rights and governance regimes can be adapted to cyberspace in order to ensure more accountability, transparency and interaction among those who use the internet and those who manage and provide internet services.

For more information, please visit the website of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Religious freedom as a human right - an active and passive challenge (December 8, 2017)
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The protection of religious minorities as well as the protection against the abuse of religion by fundamentalist and extremist organizations continues to be an area of ​​tension and was discussed at this one-day conference.

From a legal and sociological point of view and from theological and historical perspectives, religious freedom is already a complex subject area. Taking practical interests – from organizations focusing on human rights and development aid, to larger and smaller religious groups and state actors – into account as well results in a multi-perspective approach to the ongoing challenge of active and passive religios freedom in heterogeneous societies.

The event was closed with a podium discussion between Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger, European Court of Justice, and Prof. em. Dr. jur. Rudolf Steinberg, Goethe University Frankfurt and moderated by Dr. Anja Mihr, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform. The topic here was the resurgence of religions, their relationship to human rights and the question of the respective influence in societies.

The conference was funded by the Project Office Reformation Decade of the Protestant Churches of Hesse and Nassau – 500 years of Protestant Reformation provided the framework for the scientific and practical exchange on the human right to religious freedom.

The conference was organized by the Human Rights Working Group of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Centers on Governance through Human Rights, in cooperation with the Schader Foundation.