UPF and RWI Lecture / Prof. Michelle Pce / The EU as a Force for Good in Human Rights Issues? /
Tonights event is part of a series of human rights related lectures which the UPF is co-organising with its new sponsor and collaboration partner the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Is the EU losing its legitimacy as a normative power and promoter of human rights?
Tonight’s lecture is given by Professor MSO at Roskilde University Michelle Pace who is specialized in the external relations of the European Union with special emphasis on relations with the Middle East.
Discussants will be:
Spyros Sofos, researcher at Centre for Middle Eastern Studies will be chairing the discussion
Özlem, associate professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul University, and visiting scholar at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Ilhami Alkan Olsson, Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institutes office in Istanbul will moderate the conversation and discussion
At the end of May 2016, humanitarian groups revealed that children as young as nine were risking their lives in desperate attempts to reach Europe as the number of unaccompanied child refugees arriving on smugglers’ boats soared (HRW, 2015). This lecture focuses on the EU-Turkey deal and specifically on its impact on refugee children. I acknowledge that the EU finds itself in a long-lasting moral conundrum when dealing with, on the one hand, what has been the most pressing issue for European citizens since the first half of 2016 (migration) and, on the other hand, its ethical and legal obligations – and those of its member states – under the UN convention on the rights of the child. This conundrum is getting even more challenging to resolve with the attempted July 2016 coup in Turkey and Erdogan’s authoritarian responses to his opponents ever since the coup attempt. The overarching question we are left to discuss is thus whether the EU is about to lose its legitimacy as a normative power and as a promoter of human rights in our contemporary times.
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Students: 40 SEK
Non-students: 50 SEK
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