International human rights conference

April 27, 2017 – April 28, 2017 all-day
Leuven, Belgium

The Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) 

2017 AHRI Conference on ‘The Promotion and Enforcement of Human Rights by International and Regional Organizations‘. The conference is hosted by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (KU Leuven), and will take place on 27-28 April 2017 in Leuven.

Registration is now open.

The 2017 AHRI Conference aims to take a broad and comparative view of the achievements and potential, but also of the challenges of international and regional organizations in promoting and enforcing human rights. It will bring together distinguished academics as well as practitioners, civil society actors, officials and other experts to broach the various issues at stake.

The EU and Human Rights. Findings from the FRAME Project‘ will take place the day before the AHRI Conference, on 26 April in Brussels. (See below for more info.)

2017 AHRI Conference (Leuven, 27-28 April 2017)


Programme information and conference website

The programme includes plenary keynotes and roundtables and four successive slots of six parallel panel sessions, presenting more than 85 papers in 24 panel sessions divided into the three following tracks:

The Global Human Rights Protection System

Regional International Organizations and Human Rights

International Courts and Human Rights

The programme includes an evening reception on Thursday 27 April hosted in the prestigious City Hall of Leuven. The conference will end on Friday 28 April around 13h00 with the a closing keynote and roundtable. On Friday 28 April at 14h00, the AHRI General Assembly will convene.

The conference and AHRI meetings will be held at the beautiful Irish College in Leuven.

Detailed information about programme and logistics can be found on the conference website:


Registration and Payment

As usual, at least one seat at the conference is guaranteed for each AHRI institution (not counting presenting participants). Given the high interest for the conference, this preferential access can only be guaranteed until Monday 27 March.

Register and pay the 70 euros conference fee (which includes your participation in the 2017 AHRI Conference, conference meals and reception) via the link below, as soon as possible and at the latest on 27 March. Final registration for all participants closes on 20 April, or when the seating llimitation has been reached.

On registration, you will receive two email receipts: one confirming your registration and one with payment details. Your registration will not be complete until you have received the receipt for your payment. Please note: only upon payment is your spot secured! 70 euros is the price per person.

Accommodation and Travel

Participants are required to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation. We advise you to book your hotel room at your earliest convenience. On the conference website, you will find a booking tool that provides you with our recommended hotels, for which we have made block reservations. Please note that these will hold only for a limited time, namely until 27 March.

FRAME Final Conference (Brussels, 26 April 2017)

‘The EU and Human Rights. Findings from the FRAME Project’ will take place the day before the AHRI Conference, on 26 April at the prestigious Royal Academy in Brussels

FRAME is a four year, large-scale FP7 project on ‘Fostering Human Rights Among EU Policies’, aimed at researching the impacts of all EU (internal and external) policies on human rights. More information about FRAME can be found at

This conference will be the project’s closing event, and will gather EU officials, practitioners, academics and civil society members around themes linked to the EU and human rights during keynote speeches, panel discussions and a high-level roundtable. This event will also be the occasion to present the FRAME outcome document, which will outline the project’s main findings and list key policy recommendations.

You can find more info on this conference here: Please register separately for this conference by following this link. There is no conference fee. Registration includes participation in the conference, conference materials and meals. It is a short train ride from Brussels to Leuven.

Materials for Dissemination

AHRI Members are invited to provide interesting publications and other materials for dissemination. During the above mentioned FRAME Conference, participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss interesting research in a ‘lounge area’. This area will include publishers book stands, as well as an area for publications, flyers, banners etc. of the AHRI partners. AHRI are glad to receive your materials and discuss the possibilities via

Please contact us ( if you have any questions, or to provide your materials.