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The Venice Academy of Human Rights includes this year an opening lecture by Branko Milanović, the author of the most commented globalization chart: the so called ‘elephant chart’, first published in a 2012 World Bank working paper (see also his book Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization). A great start to a programme on ‘Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities’, which includes courses by Olivier De Schutter and other prestigious international lawyers. Below are the details of the programme. And yes, I know, this introduction is not needed -it’s in Venice!

Key Facts
Theme: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Dates: Monday, 3 July – Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Application Deadline: 14 May 2017
Faculty: Branko Milanović (opening lecture), Olivier De Schutter (general course), Wilfried Altzinger, Andreas Føllesdal, Dzidek Kędzia, Miloon Kothari, Manfred Nowak, Kate Pickett, Heisoo Shin
Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and panel presentations
Number of hours: 34 hours
Venue: EIUC, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy

You can view the detailed programme here.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Instead of “the end of history”, we have lived through a major financial crisis, including a debt crisis in Europe that is far from over, and we are currently witnessing threats to democratic governance both from outside and from within the democratic system. Whether these are only temporary setbacks in the global spread of liberal democracy and neoliberal capitalism has to been seen. However, it is reason to pause and reconsider the prospects for economic and social justice against the background of rising inequalities in the world.
The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2017, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, looks at these developments from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines law, economics, politics and sociology. Lectures and seminars by the distinguished faculty discuss the question what role do human rights play in enabling and promoting social justice. Are human rights an effective tool for the promotion of economic and social equality? Do human rights impose limits to privatization of particular goods and services? How do human rights enable a just economic and social order? These are but some of the questions that participants of the Academy will discuss in an intense programme over ten days next summer.

Venice Academy of Human Rights
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).
The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners, doctoral and master students with an advanced knowledge of human rights. Participants attend morning lectures, participate in discussion sessions and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity for a number of participants to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of books or doctoral theses and receive comments from faculty members and peers.
At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.

The Chinese Journal of Global Governance (CJGG) is dedicated to the studies of the legal development in the globalization era, and particularly to the global governance and its interaction with the international rule of law. CJGG aims to provide a forum for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss a broad range of legal issues about globalization, global governance and international law. The journal considers articles that provide in-depth analysis of global governance issues, the impact of global governance on international legal order, and the response of international communities, nation states and non-governmental organizations in terms of international institution-building and international law enforcement. Normative analyses and empirical studies in the area of global governance are welcome in CJGG as the journal will cover certain “core” fields such as international law, international studies, international politics and economics.

Congratulations to Professor Qingjiang Kong, China University of Political Science and Law, the Editor in Chief of the brand new CJGG, for this great achievement. And thanks for inviting me to be part of the Editorial Board.

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