The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in Times of Greater Global Insecurity"

(Berlin; November 24th - 26th, 2017)

The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC) is an international congress that will offer an interdisciplinary analysis of the fields of human rights and democracy. The event will explore developments in these areas over the past few and will consider the key issue shaping discussions on the international level today. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, international development, and the private sector.

Politicians, academics, journalists, and other international stakeholders are in widespread agreement on the importance of human rights standards. Despite this agreement, however, there exist a wide range of perspectives on a number of key issues in the field. These issues include the derivation of human rights, their categorization, their universality, and who should be responsible for their enforcement? The issue of human rights therefore plays a key role in international diplomacy, with human rights records a key factor in determining membership of international organizations, in outlining foreign policy priorities, and in justifying the threat and use of economic sanctions or military action. The BIHRC will explore these debates from an interdisciplinary range of perspectives, using a diverse range of case studies.

The overall aim of The Berlin International Human Rights Congress is to encourage inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural discussions on salient issues surrounding the field of Human Rights and to promote greater understanding across national borders.

The Berlin International Human Rights Congress will be split into the following complementary parts:

Violence Prevention with Special Focus on Genocide, and other Crime against Humanity

Equality Issues with Special Focus on Women Rights

International Law, national Parliaments, and Human Rights

Human Rights Promotion by Democratic Countries


Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted in the ICD House of Arts & Culture, the German Parliament and several hotels in Berlin.

Conference Speakers & Delegates

The conference will bring together over 100 delegates coming from the fields of politics and journalism together with senior academics and artists travelling to Berlin from all corners of the world to promote global human rights in our interdependent world.

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, economists, representatives of the Business sector, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, representatives of the Business sector, young professionals as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online registration form:

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

Participant Papers »

Beschreibung: Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide