FAU Human Rights Talks

The „FAU Human Rights Talks“ are an innovative teaching format enabling students to engage in a critical and vital dialogue with human rights practitioners. To prepare the talks, the participants jointly work on current issues of fundamental and human rights protection from different perspectives. For instance, they might asses the judicial approaches of the different regional human rights systems (Africa, America, Europe) or compare the perspective on the challenges of human rights protection of business stakeholders with those of civil society.

Depending on the topic, the talks are held either in English or German. The research is conducted mostly self-organized in small groups under the supervision of Professor Wiater. In order to develop expertise on specific human rights questions and to compare the different perspectives on the issues, the participants meet for several full-day workshops.

The “highlight” of every Human Rights Talk are the dialogues and discussions between students and regional or international human rights experts. They offer stunning insights and allow students to get in touch with experts from courts, law firms, politics, businesses or NGO’s.

Who can participate?

Law students (during all phases of their studies, including doctoral students), students of the Human Rights Master, erasmus-students as well as all students from other disciplines are invited to participate in the FAU Human Rights Talks. Optional acquisition of certificates or ECTS credit points can be personally discussed with Professor Wiater in advance.

Past Human Rights talks: 

  • “The Forgotten: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan” (Winter term 2022/2023)
  • “A trip around the World of Human Rights” (Winter Term 2021/2022)
  • “The Human, the Company, the People? Divergent Concepts of Human Rights-Holders in Africa, the Americas and Europe” (Winter Term 2020/2021)
  • “Business and Human Rights” (Winter Term 2019/2020)
  • “Freedom of Press in Africa, Europe and the Americas” (Summer Term 2019)