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Human Rights Law: Prospects, Possibilities, Fears and Limitations

28-29 September 2023

EUHR Conference ProgrammeThe 2023 European Human Rights Law Conference was held at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law from 28 September to 29 September 2023. The theme of the conference was 'Human Rights: Prospects, Possibilities, Fears and Limitations'.

Keynotes included Judge Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, Professor Conor Gearty KC, Dr Elaine Webster and Lady Brenda Hale.

Conference convenors: Dr Kirsty Hughes, Dr Stevie Martin and Dr Stephanie Palmer.

Full programme

Jonathan Cooper OBE Early Career Prize

The Jonathan Cooper OBE Prize for the best paper by an early career scholar or professional was awarded at the 2023 conference dinner.

First Prize

  • Merel Vrancken - Segregation in education and a duty of desegregation under the European Convention on Human Rights

Joint Second Prize

  • Diego de Guadalupe Romero Rivero – Remedial Approaches in International Human Rights Adjudication: A comparative analysis between the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • Natasha Holcraft-Emmess - Notified Derogations and Their Absence: Conditions for Valid Derogation and Measures Restricting Rights in Conflicts and Crises


A small selection of the papers presented at the conference as well as keynote presentations will be published in a special issue of the European Human Rights Law Review.

Keynotes and plenaries

The keynotes and plenaries from the conference are available on a YouTube playlist, and to watch individually below:

Keynote I: Judge Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque

Keynote II: Conor Gearty KC - The Council of Europe and Imperialism: A Report Card?

Keynote III: - Elaine Webster - The Maximum Level of Transparency

Keynote IV: Rt Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE

Plenary I: Human Rights Practitioners

Plenary II: Human Rights NGOs