Standards as Sources

Fourth Walther Schücking Lecture by Professor Dr Eibe Riedel: Kiel University welcomes internationally recognised UN expert for human rights

Protecting human rights represents one of the most important tasks of our time. But what is the best way to build norms on a global level? How do human rights standards fertilise each other across legal systems and national borders? How do they contribute to a peaceful life together? – The lecture by Professor Dr Eibe Riedel, internationally recognised UN expert for human rights, incorporates the innovative approach of his former Kiel postdoctoral thesis on the “Theory of Human Rights Standards”. Professor Riedel shines a light on how human rights standards enhance each other across legal systems – regardless of their formal classification according to the theory of sources.

Professor Riedel is an internationally recognised expert with more than three decades of first hand insight into international human rights under his belt. He was a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1997 to 2012, serving as its Vice-President until 2007. Professor Riedel also taught at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; from 2009 to 2012 he held the Swiss Human Rights Chair, and until 2017 he lectured there as a Visiting Professor.

The talk marks the fourth Walther Schücking Lecture, originally scheduled for 2020 but which had to be postponed due to the pandemic. To honour the legacy of its former director, each year the Walther Schücking Institute invites renowned international law scholars. They give a lecture in the spirit of Walther Schücking who, as a scholar, politician and judge, championed the idea of peace through law and international cooperation.

The lecture will be in English; Thursday, 28 October 2021, 6pm to 8pm, CAP 2, Lecture Hall A, Auditorium Maximum.

To gain admission to the lecture, valid 3G proof (getestet, genesen, geimpft / tested, recovered, vaccinated) is mandatory. If a rapid antigen test is presented, please note that it should not be older than 24 hours.

More information about Professor Dr. Eibe Riedel

In short:

What: Lecture in English “Standards as Sources”
When: Thursday, 28 October 2021, 6-8pm
Where: Auditorium Maximum (Gebäude CAP 2), Lecture Hall A

Prof. Dr. Eibe Riedel


Carmen Thies
Walther Schücking Institute for International Law


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