Future of Europe: International Human Rights in European Integration

Future of Europe: International Human Rights in European Integration

As the EU prepares the Conference on the Future of Europe, we have before us a unique forum to find solutions to some of the big questions facing the EU. One of them should be the place of international human rights in the EU. 

A new study commissioned by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe examines the extent to which EU law, policies and programmes are anchored in UN human rights norms and standards. It discusses the benefits of increased integration of international human rights law in EU law and policy making, identifies opportunities for better alignment and possible ways forward.

You can read the study here.


The Future of Europe: International Human Rights in EU Law and Policy-making

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 10:00 – 12:30


10.00-10.05    Welcome

Birgit Van Hout, UN Human Rights Regional Representative for Europe

10.05-10.20   Presentation of the Study “Future of Europe: International human rights in European Integration

Olivier De Schutter, author

10.20-10.45    SESSION I

Moderated by Dima Yared, Human Rights Officer, UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe

10.20-10.40     Perspective of the EU institutions (5-7 min each)

      • Sophie in’t Veld, LIBE Committee
      • Irina Speck, Head of Unit EU Policy & Strategy/EU-institutional questions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany
      • Vincent Depaigne, Team Leader, Fundamental rights and rule of law, DG JUSTICE

10.40-10.45     Perspective of a Practitioner

Noemí Alarcón Velasco, lawyer, Migration Committee Vice Chair of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

10.45-11.15     Q&A

11.15-11.30     BREAK

11.30-11.50     SESSION II

Moderated by Israel Butler, Head of Advocacy, LIBERTIES EU 

11.30-11.35     Labour Rights as Human Rights in EU Policy-Making

Lluís Prats, Head of International Relations Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

11.35-11.40    International human rights in the Conference on the Future of Europe and the EU Child Rights Strategy

Iris Abraham, Communications and Policy Advisor, Cabinet of Commissioner Šuica

11.40-11.45     Perspective of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Jonas Grimheden, Programme Manager - Supporting Human Rights Systems, Institutional Cooperation & Networks

11.45-11.50     Perspective of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions

Debbie Kohner, Secretary-General

11.50-12.30     Q & A and Closing


See also

Listen to the audio recording of the webinar here