Államtudományi és Nemzetközi Tanulmányok Kar

War and Peace Conference (2023)

                  Call for Applications                   




The Department of International Law at the Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies at Ludovika – University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary cordially invites you to a conference themed:


War and Peace in the 21st Century

2nd Edition

- The Fate of Human Rights


29-30 September 2023

Venue: Ludovika Campus (Budapest, Hungary)


Keynote speakers

Hurst Hannum – Tufts University, United States

Gudmundur Alfredsson – Akureyri University, Iceland


Please submit applications by sending an abstract of 150-300 words on the proposed topic of the presentation and article to the following address:

Deadline: 15 June 2023

Applicants will be notified of the success of their submissions by 1 July.
Abstracts from the field of public international law will be given priority.
Publication option available for conference attendees.
Please note that there is no registration fee but participants must arrange for their own accommodation and travel themselves.



Concept Note


Theme of the conference

As the international community is ravaged by armed conflicts to a previously unthinkable degree, one aspect of public international law often gets side-lined: human rights. This year’s conference aims to tackle the issue of what challenges arise on the universal, regional and domestic level for human rights. Whether in an armed conflict or during peace, certain core obligations continue to bind States, however the implementation of these norms is often doubtful or lacking. The goal of the event is to bring together academics and practitioners in order to initiate a discussion on the current status and future of human rights from the prevention of violations to enforcement.

Suggested Topics (non-exhaustive list)

·        right to a healthy environment

·        economic rights during energy or economic crises

·        human rights of refugees and migrants

·        new technologies and their human rights implications

·        current challenges for the institutional framework of human rights including regional regimes

·        the relationship of human rights to humanitarian law in international and non-international armed conflicts

·        domestic and comparative case studies

·        implementation and enforcement of human rights obligations

·        status of group human rights: language, minorities, indigenous peoples

·        human rights provisions of peace treaties

·        criticisms of the universal human rights’ regime: cultural relativism, sharia, relevance to contemporary problems, etc.

·        the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as a human rights protection mechanism

Important Dates

15 June: deadline for abstract submissions

1 July: notification of applicants

29-30 September: conference

31 December: submission of manuscripts