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Professor Addis lectures in Belgium at international conference on human rights

June 15, 2011

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Adeno Addis is the William Ray Forrester Professor of Public & Constitutional Law at Tulane Law School.
Adeno Addis, William Ray Forrester Professor of Public & Constitutional Law, Tulane University Law School, recently returned from delivering a plenary lecture at an international stock-taking conference on human rights held at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Between May 19 and 21, 2011, more than one hundred participants from more than 15 different countries convened in Antwerp for the distinguished event, which was the first of two major conferences of the Research Networking Programme (RNP), Beyond Territoriality: Globalisation and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO). The conference forms part of a four-year process in which the notion of transnational human rights obligations further will be developed and refined.

"This was an extraordinary conference," said Professor Addis, "which managed to assemble very influential scholars across Europe and a number of judges from international human rights courts and commissions."

Along with Professors Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp), Willem Van Genugten (Tilburg University) and André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Addis spoke on ‘Shared Responsibility in International Law.’ The session, which provided an overview of a variety of regimes in international law that aim at accommodating shared responsibilities of different powerful players, sought to draw lessons for the theme of extraterritorial obligations in the area of human rights.

Ultimately, the conference pursued the following five objectives:

-To assess what is known about globalisation: its impact on the role of the state, and global good governance;
-To enquire into theories of globalisation and its impact on the transformation of legal obligations;
-To map out existing different regimes about global and shared responsibilities in international law;
-To analyse current approaches in practice to the disempowerment of the state by human rights monitoring bodies, courts; and processes of treaty-making; and
-To explore emerging conceptual frameworks and principles on extraterritorial human rights obligations, human rights obligations of companies and of international organisations.

GLOTHRO plans to hold a trans-disciplinary concluding conference in 2014. To learn more, visit the University of Antwerp website or click here for a direct link to the International Stock-Taking conference page.

Adeno Addis received his undergraduate education in Australia and did his graduate work in the United States. He has published extensively in the areas of constitutional law, communications law, jurisprudence and public international law.  Recent publications include "Torture as a Counterterrorism Strategy," XLIV Comparative Law Review 129 (2010); "Authority and Community," 18 Asia Pacific Law Review 63 (2010); “Imagining the International Community: The Constitutive Dimension of Universal Jurisdiction,” 31 Human Rights Quarterly 129 (2009); "Deliberative Democracy in Severely Fractured Societies," 16 Indiana Journal of Global Studies 59 (2009); “Informal Suspension of Normal Processes: The ‘War on Terror’ as an Autoimmunity Crisis,” 87 Boston University Law Review 323 (2007).

Professor Addis has taught at a number of universities, including Boston University, Cornell University, Duke University, Macquarie University (Australia) and the University of Melbourne (Australia) and has lectured at many other institutions. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and has served as a member of its Executive Council. He is also a member of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPL). ASPL’s yearbook published his essay “On Human Diversity and the Limits of Toleration.” Professor Addis is on the advisory board of the journal Human Rights and the Global Economy and Tsehai Publishers.

Professor Addis' CV 


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