Call for Papers - 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education, Durban South Africa




The Faculty of Law of the University of KwaZulu‐Natal is pleased to announce that it is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education in Durban, South Africa from 14th – 16th November 2011.  We are pleased to call for papers addressing the conference theme of ‘celebrating diversity and achieving social justice through human rights education’.




The overall theme of this year’s conference is “celebrating diversity and achieving social justice through human rights education”. The conference will comprise of plenary sessions, workshops, presentations of case-studies and sharing of best practices, as well as thematic panels which will include: HRE and post-conflict scenarios; HRE and HIV/AIDS; HRE and information technology; HRE and sustainable development; African approaches to HRE; and HRE through international and regional mechanisms.




In recognising that HRE is essential to the full realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and contributes significantly to promoting equality, respect for human dignity, preventing discrimination and enhancing participation in democratic processes, the objectives of the Conference are to:


§  support and promote the United Nations’ objectives in HRE

§  promote the role of HRE in the advancement of good governance

§  foster human rights education across the African continent and build networks

§  explore the role of HRE in the advancement of the rights of vulnerable groups; and

§  interrogate the role of human rights education in promoting cultural diversity and accommodating traditional value systems.



The Conference aims to attract a broad spectrum of stakeholders both formally and informally involved in human rights education, and human rights more broadly. This will include officials and experts from governments and international/regional institutions with a focus on human rights, as well as judges, scholars, lawyers, students and human rights activists.


We invite a broad range of participation around this theme and welcome contributions that address the following key issues:


§  Education for a human rights culture

§  Strategies for educating about human rights

§  Human rights, cultural diversity and vulnerable groups

§  HRE and sustainable development


§  HRE and Good Governance


The deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words maximum) is Friday, 15 July 2011. All abstracts must be emailed to: or faxed to +27 (0)31 260 1606.  For details on the Conference Fee and Accommodation please see our website:




There are limited funds available to support the attendance of individuals from developing countries on the basis of their submission of successful abstracts. Should you wish to be considered for a full or partial scholarship please indicate this when you submit your abstract and include a CV and Letter of Motivation.


For further details about the Conference please see our website: