Panel Discussion

Discussing Human Rights and Duties

The question regarding the definition of human rights seems to have been rehabilitated by recent socio-political developments, from the United States’ migration policies to Chechnya’s alleged intolerance towards sexual minorities, leading the world to question the achievements of multilateralism. Moreover, arbitrary high-level action raises questions about the actual legitimacy of universal rulings as extreme events such as terrorist acts or the murderous war in Syria spark temptation to dismiss these abstract principles. What are human rights? Why should we defend them? How do they relate to human duties?

President of the Republic of Slovenia 2007-2012 & Member of WLA – Club de Madrid (Slovenia)

Founding Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences (China)

Lawyer & Professor of Law at Portuguese Catholic University (Portugal)

Journalist & Editor-in-Chief at Visão Magazine (Portugal)


Assistant Professor of Communication, Leadership and Ethics at Nova School of Business and Economics & Columnist at Observador (Portugal)