The Chatham House International Law Programme will be hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday 29 June from 3.00-4.30pm BST entitled ‘Geopolitical shifts and evolving social challenges – what role for human rights?

Register here.

Shifts in geopolitical power and the rise of authoritarianism are disrupting the dynamics for making progress on human rights globally. At the same time, the relevance of the global human rights framework is being called into question by some of our most acute social challenges – rapidly evolving technology, deepening inequality and the climate crisis.

Chatham House’s Human Rights Pathways Initiative is exploring how alliances, strategies and institutions are adapting, and will need to evolve, to strengthen human rights protection in this increasingly contested and complex global environment. At this panel event speakers reflect on some of the key themes that will influence the future of human rights, including the long-term impacts of the pandemic, the place of human rights diplomacy in the new geopolitics, the relevance of human rights to social movements, and the potential of human rights law to galvanise efforts on urgent challenges such as the climate crisis.


Agnès Callamard, Secretary-General, Amnesty International

Michael O’Flaherty, Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

César Rodríguez-Garavito, Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law

Chair: Renata Dwan, Deputy Director, Chatham House