Digital Rights and the Outer Limits of International Human Rights Law

Event date
27 April 2023
Event time
12:45 - 14:00
Oxford week
TT 1
The Dorfman Centre, St Peter's College, and Online via Zoom

Professor Yuval Shany

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Abstract: This article explores the extent to which key normative and institutional responses to the challenges raised by the digital age are compatible with, or interact with, changes in key features of the existing international human rights law (IHRL) framework. Furthermore, the article claims that the IHRL framework is already changing, partly due to its interaction with digital human rights. This moving normative landscape creates new opportunities for promoting human rights in the digital age, but might also raise new concerns about the political acceptability of IHRL.

Speaker: Prof. Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 2013 to 2020 (he served between 2018-2019 as Chair of the Committee). He is a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute (where he was a vice president between 2018-2022), and head of the CyberLaw program of the Hebrew University’s Federmann Cyber Security Research Center. He currently also serves as co-director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies at King’s College in London. He has published on international courts and tribunals, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. In recent years, his research focuses on international law in cyberspace and digital human rights.


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Public International Law