On October 24th and 25th, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Relations Program, in partnership with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), hosted the workshop, “Rising Powers and International Human Rights Law – A Transatlantic Challenge.”
The workshop was part of the Council’s ongoing series, Transatlantic Dialogues on International Law, co-chaired by Atlantic Council Board director William H. Taft IV and Elizabeth Wilmshurst of Chatham House.
Top legal and human rights experts including Francoise Hampson of the University of Essex, Sarah Cleveland of Columbia Law School, Clive Baldwin of Human Rights Watch, Thomas Buergenthal of George Washington University, and Anthony Dworkin of the European Council on Foreign Relations gathered for an extensive off-the-record discussion on expanding observance of international human rights law in light of ongoing shifts in the global balance of power. Participants highlighted the challenges that rising powers – such as China, India, and Brazil – have on the international human rights landscape. The series is generously sponsored by the European Union Delegation in Washington DC.
The Atlantic Council and Chatham House organized a second workshop in London in December 2011.