Human Rights Law and Policy Forum International Conference on Human Rights at a Crossroads: From 1948 to 2018 and Beyond

The conference on “Human Rights at a Crossroads: From 1948 to 2018 and Beyond” held by the Human Rights Law and Policy Forum (HRLF) took place at the Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room at the City University of Hong from 10 December 2018 to 12 December 2018.

The first day of the conference commenced with the Human Rights Day Panel Discussion, moderated by Dr. Surya Deva (Associate Professor, School of Law, CityU). Invited speakers for this session included Professor Leïla Choukroune (Professor of International Law, University of Portsmouth), Mr. Philip Dykes S.C. (Chairman, the Hong Kong Bar Association), Professor Erika George, Samuel D. (Thurman Professor of Law, University of Utah), Professor Cephas Lumina (Research Professor of Law, University of Fort Hare), and Professor Justin Nolan (Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales).

The second day of conference consisted of seven sessions in which attendees actively participated in discussion. The seven sessions were (i) Protecting human rights amidst terrorism, national security concerns, and ethnic conflicts, (ii) Human rights responsibilities of business, (iii) Challenges to the existing governance structures of human rights, trade and finance, (iv) Human rights in Hong Kong and Mainland China, (v) Inequality, environment and health, and (vi) Protecting human rights of diverse groups of rights holders, (vii) Dealing with the challenges ahead.