Ten years after the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights got binding force through the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty (2009), Britain will remove itself from the Charter. It is probably the first democratic country leaving a major international human rights regime.
In this masterclass, Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, who just received a honorary doctorate from Utrecht University, will firstly look into the history of human rights in the Europe and the European Union and how long it took for the EU to create a binding EU human rights regime. She will then turn to the United Kingdom’s antagonism to the Charter and human rights in generally, and just how far rights protection will be removed in the UK as a result of Brexit.
The tale of valanishing human rights will be placed in a historical and societal (global) context addressing the issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, including law, history, political theory, philosophy, and art and humanities, namely literature, and images.