The Bonavero Institute seeks to foster robust and open discussion about some of the most important questions for constitutional and human rights lawyers in jurisdictions all over the world. We facilitate conversations between scholars engaged in human rights research and practitioners engaged in litigating and adjudicating rights.

The Adjudicating Rights conversation series invites judges to reflect upon the role of the judiciary in protecting and promoting rights in their jurisdictions. The role that the judiciary plays in any particular democracy is determined in large part by the constitutional text, conventions and practice of that jurisdiction, as well as its history and political and legal culture. This series explores the legal and political factors that determine the role of the judiciary, the relationship between the judiciary and other institutions, and the concept of judicial independence, among other issues. 

Past speakers have served on a range of national and supranational courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, the Constitutional Court of Colombia, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The series runs in tandem with the Litigating Rights conversation series in which experienced human rights litigators from around the world explore the role and value of litigation in the promotion and protection of human rights.