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FRIAS Lecture Series: Human Rights in Times of Crisis

Human Rights in Times of Crisis

On May 4 – following the World Press Freedom Day – the public lecture series "Human Rights in Times of Crisis" of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) will kick off. During eight online sessions, international experts will give insights into different areas of human rights’ research. They will discuss current issues concerning freedom of expression, freedom of religion and academic freedom, address the topic of fair data monitoring and distribution, and talk about the human rights situation in different countries. Among the lecturers will be scholars from the disciplines of law, philosophy, and sociology. Speakers include the director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Prof. Dr. Mathias Risse, and from the Harvard School of Law, law professor Dr. Gerald L. Neuman and lecturer Alicia Ely Yamin, who is also a human rights consultant for the US health organization Partners in Health.

At the opening event of the FRIAS Lecture Series, FRIAS Fellow and law professor Dr. Javier Martinez Torron, of Spain’s Complutense University of Madrid, will address conflicts between freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The digital event series will take place every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CET) during the 2021 summer semester. With one exception, the online lectures will be held in English. After the 30-minute presentations, members of the audience are invited to take part in a discussion. The FRIAS Lecture Series is open to everyone who is interested. Attendance is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Selected lectures will also be live-streamed on the FRIAS YouTube channel.

FRIAS Fellow Prof. Dr. Silja Vöneky, a professor of International Law at the Institute of Public Law at the University of Freiburg, and FRIAS Director Prof. Dr. Bernd Kortmann, are the organizers of the lecture series. The FRIAS Lectures have been topically based on the opening conference of the  Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium (HRRC). FRIAS coordinates the German side of the partnership.


Register here for the online events.


4. Mai 2021    

17 - 18 Uhr  

Prof. Dr. Javier Martinez-Torron

Tensions among Human Rights: Conflicts between Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion

Javier Martínez-Torrón

11. Mai 2021

17 - 18 Uhr

Rüdiger Wolfrum schmal

Human Rights in Sudan: Before and after the Revolution

Rüdiger Wolfrum

25. Mai 2021

17- 18 Uhr 

Alicia Ely Yamin

Pandemic Inequalities - What Covid 19 has revealed about Global Health and Human Rights

Alicia Ely Yamin

1. Juni 2021

17- 18 Uhr

Molly Land - schmaler

Saving the Public Square: Democratic Principles for a Social Media Age

Molly Land

8. Juni 2021

17- 18 Uhr

Gerald Neumann_c_Harvard Law School
© Harvard Law School

Protecting Human Rights from Exclusionary Populism After Trump

Gerald L. Neuman

22. Juni 2021

17- 18 Uhr


Is Academic Freedom at Risk? A neglected human rights concern for all of us

Ercüment Celik

06. Juli 2021

17- 18 Uhr

M. Risse - schmal

Human Rights, Surveillance and Epistemic Chaos

Mathias Risse

20. Juli 2021

18.15 - 19.30 Uhr

Nida_Rümelin_c_Diane von Schoen-schmal
© Diane von Schoen

Zum Status der Menschenrechte: Philosophische Anmerkungen

Julian Nida-Rümelin


More information on the FRIAS Lecture Series Program


The University of Freiburg is committed to supporting researchers who are persecuted or threatened in their home countries and who are, thus, no longer able to pursue their research. In 2017, it became a member of the Scholars at Risk Network. As a host institution (, also within the framework of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the University of Freiburg helps scholars at risk to continue their work in Freiburg. Fellows of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative are supported by FRIAS and the International Office prior and during their stay.


The organizers of the FRIAS Lecture Series

Prof. Dr. Silja Vöneky

professor of International Law at the

Institute of Public Law at the University 

of Freiburg.                                                                                                                   

Prof. Dr. Bernd Kortmann

FRIAS Director and Professor of English

Language and Linguistics at the

University of Freiburg.                                                                                                 

Bernd Kortmann