Human Rights Law towards State Practice

A Small Symposium on “Human Rights Law towards State Practice”
as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Law
11-14 July 2022, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law 

The Law Unit of ATINER will hold a Small Symposium on “Human Rights Law towards State Practice”, 11-14 July 2022, Athens, Greece as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law.

The existing understanding of human rights law lacks practical implications. A policy paradox we can think of is why do states that have enacted laws about human rights and signed treaties about them choose not to enforce these laws in daily life?  furthermore, why have activists failed to achieve the goals of ensuring human rights domestically and internationally?

Human rights theory has taken to following human rights practice. Researchers focus on intra-state research, in the understanding that the promotion of human rights cannot be achieved by international means only, and that political pressure on leaders as well as the creation of a local culture that respects human rights are essential as supplemental and perhaps even preliminary measures. Furthermore that human rights require the State to act positively to remove barriers and facilitate the exercise of thus freedom.

The aim of this endeavor is to expand our knowledge about the social, legal, economic, and political conditions within which the promotion and protection of human rights is made possible and over which significant struggles for human rights are fought.

We invite contributions on topics related to Human Rights law towards State Practice. We especially welcome submissions seeking to broaden our knowledge in understanding the process by which social issues become human rights issues for incorporation into legal standards; in identifying the factors influencing the interpretation of those standards; and in their compliance, implementation, and enforcement at the international and national levels.

The presented papers will be considered for publication in a special issue in the Athens Journal of Law. The Special Issue is designed to be a dynamic gathering of human rights and social justice activists, advocates, practitioners.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 30 May 2022 to: Professor Assaf Meydani, Academic Member, ATINER & former Dean of the School of Government and Society, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv–Yaffo, Israel. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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