Human Rights under threat? Denmark and the European Convention on Human Rights
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human RIghts and Humanitarian Law is hosting Jacques Hartmann to give a lecture on the topic of Denmark and the European Convention on Human Rights
Denmark has traditionally been a strong supporter of human rights. This is exemplified by the fact that Denmark was a founding member of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). But things have changed. In recent years, there has been an increasingly bitter debate about the ECHR and Denmark’s continued membership. Criticism of the ECHR is not in itself a novelty. The novelty is rather that criticism is no longer limited to a particular party or indeed one side of the political spectrum. Debate is an important part of democracy, but the debate on the ECHR is often confused, uninformed and at times misleading. This presentation provides context to the ongoing debate in Denmark, drawing parallels to the United Kingdom. Building on a forthcoming publication on the ECHR and Denmark, the presentation addresses some of the fundamental questions that dominates the debate in both countries. It argues that fundamental lessons on the importance of human rights for a functioning democracy have been forgotten.
Jacques Hartmann 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.