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Symposium Security vs. Human Rights

08-10-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00

In the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror, we as a society have been faced with, and forced to make, a difficult choice regarding what we consider the basis of modern Western society: our own human rights. To be more specific: to what extend are we as a society prepared to sacrifice our own rights to protect ourselves from dangers, both domestic and foreign.

From the very first moment calls were being made to decrease rights to increase security, a counter movement started to stop the infraction. Most debates have centered around the wuestions of whether we are actually securing ourselves when taking away freedoms, and whether the sacrifice is worth it in the first place. With laws concerning these issues in the US, France, and even the Netherlands, these debates have left the realm of possibilities and entered the realm of political reality a long time ago, where they will most likely stay for the forseeable future. 

In these days, the debate has taken a different shift. With the third technological revolution well underway, question surrounding internet and data privacy have entered the debate aswell. Practices like data mining and mass communication tapping as has been revealed by Edward Snowden have shown the world that these aspects will never again be seen out of the current context of the security vs. human rights debate. During this symposium, we will be joined by Janneke Gerards and Jan-Peter Loof, who will discuss these topics and more with us. 

Janneke Gerards is a professor of law at the University of Utrecht and an internationally respected expert in European and national constitutional rights. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences, of the editorial office of the European Human Rights Cases, and a member of the Social Scientific Council. 

Jan-Peter Loof is the Vice-President of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and a senior lecturer at the University of Leiden. He is an expert in Constitutional Law and Humand Rights and, both as a member and as Vice-President of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, has been committed to protecting human rights both in the Netherlands and Europe. 

This event is free and open to everyone. 


20:00 - 22:00