Conference programme
The programme is subject to change. This is not the final version

Thursday (6 December)

15.00 – 17.00 Registration

17.00 Conference Opening (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum, Krupnicza 33 Street)

Opening speech: H.E. Lech Wałęsa

Prof. Andrzej Mania (Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs of the Jagiellonian University)

Prof. Sev Ozdowski (President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education)

19.00 Cocktail (Hall in Auditorium Maximum)

Welcoming speeches of:

Prof. Jacek Majchrowski (President of Krakow)

Marek Sowa (Marshal of Malopolska Voivodeship)

Prof. Bogdan Szlachta (Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University)

Friday (7 December)

8.55 – 10.30 Plenary Session 1 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum, Auditorium Maximum): Central Europe as an Example of Successful Transition from Communism to Democracy – and to Human Rights Education? Complexity of Eastern and Southeastern European countries

Chair: Prof. Arkady Rzegocki (Jagiellonian University)

Prof. Janusz Cisek (Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland) – Transition from Communism to Democracy: the Case of Poland

Msgr. Václav Malý (Catholic Auxilary Bishop of Prague) – Transition from Communism to Democracy: the Case of Czechoslovakia

Dr Reinhild Otte (Council of Europe) – Period of Transition in Central, Eastern and South- Eastern Europe - the Role of the Council of Europe in Promoting Education for Democracy and Human Rights

10.30 – 11.00 Morning Break


11.00 – 12.35 Plenary Session 2 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum ): New Technologies and Human Rights Education. A new obstacle or a chance to HRE? Debate on freedom, security and Human Rights

Chair: Prof. Stanisław Kistryn (Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University)

Prof. Marek Szymoński (Jagiellonian University, Head of the Department of Physics of Nanostructrures and Nanotechnology) – Nanotechnology – Threats and Opportunities for Human Rights and Human Rights Education

Dr Christopher Kullenberg (Gothenburg University, Telecomix) – Does Internet Freedom Have a Price? Examples from the Arab Spring

Mrs Christiana Maria Mauro (AK Vorrat, Legal Advocate) – Promoting Civil Liberties in a Digital World: Data Retention and its Normative Implications

Mr Piotr Waglowski (Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunication; Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University) – National Languages in the Era of Globalisation vs Equal Treatment by Public Authorities

12.35 – 13.30 Lunch (Exhibition Room)

13.30 – 15.00 Plenary Session 3 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum): Welfare Rights in Times of Austerity Crisis

Chair: Dr Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves (Jagiellonian University)

Prof. Jerzy Stępień (Lazarski University, Former President of Polish Constitutional Tribunal) – Social Roots of Economical Crisis

Prof. Leonardo Becchetti (University of Rome Tor Vergata) – The Vote with the Wallet: Effective Instruments for a Democratic and Participated Wellbeing

Msgr. Dr Werner Freistetter (Head of the Institute for Religion and Peace, Vienna) – Soldiers and their Families. Ethical Challenges in a Time of Social and Military Transformation

15.00 – 15.30 Afternoon Break 

15.30 – 17.00 Concurrent Sessions 1 /Workshops (Auditorium Maximum)

1. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Workshop

Medium Lecture, Hall A

2. New Challenges to Human Rights Education

Medium Lecture, Hall B

Ireneusz C. Kamiński

Adam Bodnar

Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska

Moderator: Joanna Smętek

Complex Measures for the Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

Spasimir Domaradzki

Human Rights in the XXI century. Challenging the International Reality


Silvana Gomez M.

The Transformation of the State and the Internet


Maysam Behravesh Human Rights ad Nauseam or ad Infinitum


Paweł Laidler

Protecting The Weak Or Supporting The Strong? Human Rights As A Political Issue In The U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Since 1950s

3. Human Rights Organizations in Poland

Seminar Room

4. Amnesty International Workshop

Conference Room

Laura Koba

Human Rights Education in the Transition Period in Poland

Jabu Tugwana

Poverty and Human Rights. The role of human rights education

Piotr Kopiński, Zbigniew Chłap

Association Doctors of Hope and Cracovian Charter of Humanitarian Medicine and Human Rights


Katarzyna Fusiek, Agata Kwiatkowska (Social AIDS Committee)


17.00 – 17.30 Evening Break

17.30 – 19.00 Concurrent Sessions 2 /Workshops (Auditorium Maximum)

1. Pedagogy of Human Rights education

Medium Lecture, Hall A

2. Cuban Delegation Hosted by Lecha Walesa Institute Workshop

Medium Lecture, Hall B

Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg

Pedagogies of Human Rights and Literature, or the Importance of Reading Literarily

Gorki Aguila, Ailer Gonzales, Maria Crisitna Labrada, Carlos Herrera Hernandez

Human Rights in non-democratic countries: Cuba case

Nina Lüders

Model International Criminal Court – An example of best practice in
historical Human Rights Education


David O'Byrne

Space Of Feeling: On The Places And Spaces Of Teaching And Learning Human Right


3. Polish Red Cross Workshop

Seminar Room

4. Human Rights Education in Post-Communist Countries

Conference Room

Piotr Lubiński

Col. Wiesław Rusin

Maj. Wojciech Ciborowski

Mikołaj Bolczyk

Law of occupation vs ius post bellum - significance of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan

Margarita Jeliazkova
Teaching about Rights, Freedom and De- mocracy in Citizenship Education Clas- ses in Bulgaria: Discourse and Practice


Merle Haruoja
Teaching the Teachers about Human Ri- ghts in Estonia 


Ewa Nowel
Education Of Media - Opportunity


19.30 (optional) Visiting the Jagiellonian University Museum in Collegium Maius (Jagiellonska S. 15)

Saturday (8 December)

8.15 – 9.45 Plenary Session 4 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum): Bioethics, Biotechnology and Human Rights Education

Chair: Prof. Andrzej Rzepliński (President of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland)

Prof. Christian Hillgruber (University of Bonn, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics – The Protection of Human Life in the Prenatal Phase – A Constitutional Perspective

Msgr. Prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University) – Bio-ethical Issues in the Framework of the EU-policy

Prof. Sigrid Sterckx (Ghent Bioethics Institute) – Research and Commercialization of Human Body Material: Reflections from a Human Rights Perspective


9.45 – 10.15 Special Presentation: Prof. Helen Milner (President of International Political Science Association, Professor at Princeton University, USA) - Globalization and Governance in the 21st century

10.15 - 10.45 Morning Break

10.45 – 11.30 Special Presentation: H.E Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (Cardinal, President of   the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace) – The Catholic Church in Human Rights Protection

11.30 – 13.00 Plenary Session 5 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum): Peace and Development. The Role of Institutions and Countries in Human Rights Protection and Education

Chair: Prof. Bogusława Bednarczyk (Jagiellonian University, A. F. Modrzewski University)

Prof. John C. Mubangizi (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor) – Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in South Africa: Lessons and Challenges

Prof. Shiow-Duan Hawang (Soochow University, Taipei) – Taiwan Setting an Example for the Promotion of Human Rights in Asia

Prof. Mab Huang (Soochow University, Taipei) – Human Rights Education at the University Level in Taiwan and the Plans for 2013 International Conference


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (Exhibition Room)


14.00 – 15.30 Concurrent Sessions 3/Workshops (Auditorium Maximum)

1. Polish Red Cross Workshop

Medium Lecture, Hall A

2. Human Rights Education Strategies in Divided Societies and Developing Countries

Medium Lecture, Hall B

Marcin Marcinko

Direct Participation in Hostilities and Respect for the life of Civilians During Armed Conflict

Jon-Mirena Landa Gorostiza

Human Rights Education in the Basque Country (Spain): A Model for Divided Societies?


Aycan Akçýn                                          

Mediator vs. Instigator Strategies Through Human Rights Education

Łukasz Kamieński

Getting Children Stoned: How Societies Turn Children into Soldiers

Majda El Muhtaj

Human Rights Education In Indonesia: A Case Study of North Sumatra 1998-2011

Mehrnoush Najafi Ragheb

Situation of Transitional Justice in Kurdistan of Iraq




3. Education as a Human Right

(Seminar Room)

4. War and Post-war Issues: Legal and Philosophical Aspects of Human Rights

(Conference Room)

Jessica Ezekiel-Hart

The Double Jeopardy of the Disabled in a Dysfunctional Education System in Nigeria: A violation of Human Rights

Tomasz Lewandowski

Human Rights Education and Responsibility to Rebuild

Muhammad Zakaria Suleman

Facilitating Disability in Higher Educational Institutions

Kristine Margvelashvili

Russia's Human Rights Record: Case of Chechnya

Petro du Preez

The Human Right To Education, The Ethical Responsibility Of Curriculum, And The Irony In ‘Safe Spaces'

Milad Moftah

Humanitarian Intervention: Moralism versus Realism: Libya and NATO's Case

Heping Dang                                              

State Obligations to Educate Their Populations on Fundamental Human Rights



15.30 – 15.50 Afternoon Break


15.50 – 17.20 Concurrent Sessions 4/Workshops (Auditorium Maximum)

1.  Amnesty International Workshop

Medium Lecture, Hall A

2. Educating Students on Human Rights in Africa, Asia and Europe

Medium Lecture, Hall B

Beata Faracik

Human Rights and Business

Rhona Smith      

 'What About Newspapers?': Some Reflections   on Asia, Language Barriers and Human Rights Education in Higher Education Institutions in (Eastern) Asia


Inken Heldt

Who Cares? Students' understanding of Human Rights


Anna Nowel

The Poverty And The Wealth As Two Separate Worlds In Works Of Students


Sisi Nxumalo

Human Rights Education and Problems of Developing Countries. Empowering and Encouraging Law Students to play a more active role in solving some of Africa's human rights issues


3. Refugees, Human Trafficking and Immigration Issues in Human Rights Education

Seminar Room

4. Socio-economic Issues in Human Rights Education

Conference Room

Kovistan Azizi                                               Refugees Between the Life and Madness

Piotr Szwedo                 

Right to Water and Investments Protection

Anna Kaganiec

U.S. Immigration Policy and the New Sanctuary Movement

Lidia Powirska     

Promoting Human Rights: Achievements, Opportunities and Challenges for Development Cooperation

Fabiola Tsugami

The Role of Human Rights Protection in Combating Human Trafficking

Kait Laughlin

The Role of Human Rights Education at a Time of Shifting Cultural Identity: Seizing the Scottish ‘Moment'

Rowland Brucken

Asylum Advocacy: How Historians and Lawyers Can Partner to Advance Human Rights

Lee Stone, Jaydev Thaker

Human Rights Education and Problems of Developing countries. Redressing Affirmative Action in an Imbalanced Present


17.20 – 17.30 Afternoon Break


17.30 – 18.45 Concurrent Sessions 5 /Workshops (Auditorium Maximum)

1. Freedom of Religion and Belief and Human Rights Education

Medium Lecture, Hall A

2. The Problem of Otherness and Human Rights Education

Medium Lecture, Hall B

Don Holsinger

Human Rights Education in Public Schools: The Place of Freedom of Religion or Belief

Ellen S. Holsinger

Film presentation "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education"

Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn

Integration of Muslim Pupils into German State Schools - a pilot project in Berlin


Prayoga Perman                                          Tolerating Intolerance:The State and The Revival of Islamic Fundamentalism in Indonesia Religious Intolerance

Özge Yücel Dericiler

Can Philosophy-based Human Rights Education Answer Contemporary Multicultural Societies' Questions?


Tiffany Jones

Including GLBTIQ Student Rights in "Human" Rights Education


3. State Institutions in Human Rights Protection and Education

Seminar Room

Johanes Widijantoro

The Human Rights Commissioner and National Ombudsman's mission – Role of the Institution in Different Countries

Ivana Tucak, Anita Blagojević

The Role of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia in Human Rights Protection

Anna Jach                                      

The Role Of Ombudsman In The Political System Of The Russian Federation

4. Women's Human Rights Issues

Conference Room

Gabriel Nuertey Cudjoe

The Current State of Domestic Violence Among Women and Children in Ghana (A Case Study of Ashaiman)

Solomon Atibuni

Female Genital Mutilation and Human Rights in Uganda: The Nexus Between the Cultural and Universal Norms in Uganda

Angela Lytle

 Embodying Human Rights Pedagogy in Women's Human Rights Education


19.30 – (optional) Holy Mass at Cracow Curia Chapel (Franciszkanska 3 Street) celebrated by H.E. Cardinal Turkson – Initiative of Cardinal Turkson and Cardinal Dziwisz                             


20.30 – 23.00 Conference Dinner* at Hotel Radisson Blu (Straszewskiego 17 Street)

                        * For participants who submitted the Conference Dinner fee

Special Presentation by Prof. Andrzej Rzepliński (President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal)


Sunday (9 December)

8.15 Departure to Auschwitz

10.15 – 12.15 Visiting the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau

12.15 – 14.00 Lunch

14.15 – 16.00 Visiting Oświęcim City


16.30 – 18.00 Plenary Session 6 (Main Auditorium in the State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim) How KL Auschwitz could have ever happened? Universalism vs. Particularism of Human Rights

Chair: Prof. Witold Stankowski (Rector of the State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim)

Prof. Jonathan Webber (Jagiellonian University, member of International Auschwitz Council advising the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum 1990-2012) – Significance of Auschwitz for the Contemporary Jews

Prof. Peter Hommelhoff (University of Heidelberg) – Significance of Auschwitz for the Contemporary Germans

Prof. Andrzej Zoll (Jagiellonian University, Former Polish Ombudsman and President of the Constitutional Tribunal) – Significance of Auschwitz for Human Rights

18.00 – 18.30 Afternoon Break. Coffee and sandwiches


18.30 – 20.00 Plenary Session 7 (Main Auditorium in the State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim ): Multiculturalism. The End of Multiculturalism policy? How to Teach Human Rights Today?

Chair: Prof. Roman Wieruszewski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre)

Dr Jacob Cornides (Human Rights Lawyer) - Universal Values or Particular Agendas – Can We Still Speak Credibly of "Human Rights"?

Prof. Andrzej Szahaj (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Dean of the Faculty of         Humanities) – Universalism or Pluralism of Human Rights

Prof. Sev Ozdowski (University of Western Sydney, President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education) – Australian Multiculturalism: the roots of its success


20.15 Departure to Cracow

Monday (10 December)

9.00 – 10.45 Plenary Session 8 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum) Arab Spring. What is its cause? HRE models in Africa

Chair: Dr Łukasz Fyderek (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies)

Prof. Sa'ad Abu Dayeh (Jordan University) – The Examination of the Causes of the Arab Spring in North Africa: Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Paper co-authored with Assistant Professor Haneen Abudayeh

Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (Emory University School of Law, Atlanta) Toward an Islamic Reformation: Twenty Years Later. Paper co-authored with Assistant Professor Haneen Abudayeh.

Prof. Paweł Siwiec (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies) - Iraqi Kurdistan: the Road Towards a Multicultural, Democratic Society

10.45 – 11.30 Morning Break


11.30 – 12.00 Paweł Włodkowic Prize Award Ceremony (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum)

> Presentation on the Paweł Włodkowic Prize (Prof. Irena Lipowicz)

> Presentation on Paweł Włodkowic (Prof. Bogdan Szlachta)

> Laudation / Film presentation on the Laureate

> Talk given by the Laureate

12.00 - 12.30 Break / Press Conference

12.30 - 13.30 Plenary Session 9 (Large Lecture, Hall A, Auditorium Maximum)

Ombudsman Panel: Human Rights in Digital World - Threats and Challenges Discussion on: Dignity, Sensitive Data, Protection of Privacy, Bioethics, Copyrigts

Chair: Prof. Irena Lipowicz (Ombudsman for Poland)

Peter Tyndall (Ombudsman for Wales)

Caroline C. Z. Sokoni (Ombudsman for Zambia)

13.30 – 14.00 Closing speech

14.00 Conference ends

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch (Exhibition Room)