To mark the end of the Human Rights for Future Generations Programme (ending Sep-16) a public debate was held at the Oxford Martin School, 9th May 2016. The debate was entitled, “A public debate: 'A world court for human rights?' asking whether a World Court for Human Rights should be established to contribute to the evolution of, and compliance with, human rights law.

Debate discussants were Professor Martin Scheinin, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, European University Institute (for the resolution) and Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia Law School (against the resolution). The debate was moderated by Professor Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. The event was streamed live and the resulting vote illustrated a clear majority with 34% for a world court, and 66% against.