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14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights Institutions

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Congress Centrum Alpbach
Breakout / Civil and Human Rights
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Human rights defenders are confronted with increasing pressure and even threats which jeopardise their independence. What are the risk situations they face? How can democracy and the rule of law be strengthened so that institutions of ombudsmen and national human rights institutions find an enabling environment?

Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
European Ombudsman, Bruxelles (tbc)
Ombudsman, Republic of Ireland, Dublin; IOI - International Ombudsman Intitute, Vienna
Ombudswoman, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb (tbc)

Array Michael O'FLAHERTY

Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna

Secretary, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Centre for Human Rights, Geneva Expert Advisor, Human Rights under the Dayton Peace Accords, UN, Sarajevo Independent Consultant, Human Rights Chief, UN human rights programme in Sierra Leone, Freetown Coordinator, Programmes in the Asia-Pacific region, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva Senior Research Officer (Child Rights), UNICEF Innocent Research Centre, Florence Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-director,Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham Member (latterly Vice-chair), United Nations Human Rights Committee, Geneva Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Belfast Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1998
1998-2000
2000-2002
2002-2003
2003-2013
2004-2012
2011-2013
2013-2015

Array Emily O'REILLY

European Ombudsman, Bruxelles

Array Peter TYNDALL

Ombudsman, Republic of Ireland, Dublin; IOI - International Ombudsman Intitute, Vienna

Array Lora VIDOVIC

Ombudswoman, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb

Political and Legal Symposium

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24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary

25.08.2019

09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic IncomeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.-26.08.2018

Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner

26.08.2019

10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary