Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and Prospects

24-25 November 2015

The Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations is organising a conference titled ‘Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and Prospects’

This two-day conference provides a forum for academics, practitioners and government representatives to evaluate the current debate and future shape of the post-2015 agenda from a human rights perspective. It is focused on both theoretical and practical aspects of integrating human rights in the post-2105 agenda, with a particular focus on poverty, environment and peace and security.

The approach at the conference will be multidisciplinary, and the event will include panels with experts on law, philosophy, political science, and economics. The conference aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue on the topic between scholars and policy-makers. The conference will particularly ask:

1) What criteria must a post-2015 agenda meet from a human rights perspective

2) What are the challenges for the integration of human rights, and

3) How do we evaluate the emerging proposals for a post-2015 development agenda?


Speakers include:

Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School

Mac Darrow, Chief, Millennium Development Goals Section, UN OHCHR

Malcolm Langford, University of Oslo and Metrics for Human Rights

Margot Salomon, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE

Sandra Fredman, Professor, University of Oxford

Henry Shue, Professor, University of Oxford

Simon Caney, Professor, University of Oxford

Ricardo Fuentes, Head of Research, Oxfam

Ngaire Woods, Professor, University of Oxford

Olivier de Schutter, Professor, University of Louvain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty

Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of International Relations, EUI

Sarah Cliffe, Director, World Bank

Siobhán McInerney-Lankford, Senior Counsel, LEGAM, World Bank

The conference will be held in the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke College, it is free to attend, and lunch will be served on both days. Registration:

See conference programme: Conference Programme_1-2

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