Business programme

A New International Human Rights Architecture

Congress Centre, conference hall D2
Sovereign Law in a Changing World
Events of the past decade have thrown into sharp relief the contradictions that are accumulating in the principles underpinning the protection of human rights today. The evident crisis in human rights has come about as the result of constant attempts by Western nations to employ the doctrine of human rights to destroy the sovereignty of states and ensure dominance in the world. International institutions designed to promote human rights around the globe (such as the UN Human Rights Council, Council of Europe, and others) have shown their political bias during the Ukraine crisis. Today, it is becoming clear that Western approaches to the issue of human rights need to be reviewed. The Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights could serve as an effective international platform to discuss this. The practical embodiment of this endeavour would be the establishment of a permanent platform made up of non-profit organizations promoting the true meaning of human rights. What principles and approaches should form the foundation of a new architecture for the protection of human rights?


Valery Fadeev
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Chairman, Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights


Aslan Abashidze
The Head of International Law Department, RUDN University
Anatoly Kovler
Head of the Center for International Law and Comparative Legal Studies, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation
Tatyana Moskalkova
High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation
Vladimir Pligin
Co-chair, Association of Lawyers of Russia
Leonid Polyakov
Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights
Aleksandr Savenkov
Director, Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences
Julia Sukhorukova
Analyst, Institute for Heritage and Contemporary Society, Russian State University for the Humanities