Venice Academy of Human Rights


General Course

Will Kymlicka


Lecture 1: "Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in Theory and Practice"
Lecture 2: "The Development of the European Regime of Rights for National Minorities"
Lecture 3: "The Development of a Global Indigenous Rights Regime"
Lecture 4: "Backlash and the Future of Multiculturalism"
Seminar: "The Politics of the Human in Human Rights"

Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, where he has taught since 1998. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 32 languages,

Webpage: Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University)


Armin v. Bogdandy


Lectures: "The Right to Have Rights at the Prize of Weakening the Union? The Many Faces of the Fight Against Systemic Deficiencies"
Seminar: "What are Legitimate Functions of Human Rights Courts?"

Armin von Bogdandy is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He is currently a partner investigator in the excellence cluster “Normative Orders” at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main and a senior research fellow at the PluriCourts Centre for Excellence, University of Oslo. He was a member of the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) appointed by the President of the Federal Republic and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. From 2001 until 2014, he was judge, and from 2006 president of the OECD Nuclear Energy Tribunal in Paris. 

He has held visiting positions at numerous international academic institutions, including the European University Institute (Jean Monnet Fellow), New York University (Global Law Professor and Senior Emile Noël Fellow of the Global Law School), the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Xiamen Academy of International Law, China. In 2008, he received the prize for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of foundations of law and economics from the Berlin-Brandenburgian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Commerzbank Foundation, and in 2014, he was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the highest endowed research prize in Germany, by the German Research Foundation.

Webpage: Armin v. Bogdandy (MPI Heidelberg)

Andreas Føllesdal


Lecture 1: "How the European Court of Human Rights Disintegrates Communities and Domestic Courts"
Lecture 2: "How the European Court of Human Rights Integrates Communities and Domestic Courts"
Seminar: "Brighton and Beyond: Backlashes against the European Court of Human Rights - and how to respond"

Andreas Føllesdal Ph.D., Professor of Political Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Principal Investigator, European Research Council Advanced Grant MultiRights 2011-16, on the Legitimacy of Multi-Level Human Rights Judiciary and Director of PluriCourts, a Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. Ph.D. 1991 in Philosophy, Harvard University.

Føllesdal publishes in the field of political philosophy, mainly on issues of international political theory, globalisation/Europeanisation, Human Rights, and Socially Responsible Investing.

Webpage: Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo)

Marc Weller


Lecture 1: "Self-determination and the Promise of Integration"
Lecture 2: "Self-determination and the reality of Disintegration?"
Seminar: "Self-determination Settlements: Between Decentralization and Independence"

Marc Weller is Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies in the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He became a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge in 1990. From 1997-2000 he was Deputy Director of the Centre of International Studies. He has been Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University since 2008. Professor Weller holds Masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Cambridge, and Doctorates in Law, in Economic and Social Sciences, and in International Law from the Universities of Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cambridge respectively.

Professor Weller has been trained in complex negotiations at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and has extensive experience in international high-level, high-stakes negotiations. He is a fully qualified and accredited mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Webpage: Marc Weller (University of Cambridge)

Marlene Wind


Lecture 1: "The Uneven Legal Push for Europe: Domestic Courts and Preliminary References in the European Union"
Lecture 2: "Do Advanced Democracies Care About International Law?"
Seminar: "Why is interdisciplinarity a must when studying law, courts and human rights?"

Marlene Wind, holds a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. She is Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Professor at the iCourts Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law also the University of Copenhagen. She is moreover Professor II at the Faculty of law at the University of Oslo. Wind has specialized in the interlink between law and politics – primarily in the EU focusing on the evolution of European constitutionalism, citizenship rights and the implementation of EU law at the national level. She has also published extensively on national courts' interaction with the European Court of Justice and shown how legal and political culture in the member states may determine to what degree national courts are willing to refer cases to the European Court of Justice. Generally, Wind has been applying political science methodologies to the study of law and courts. Recently she has worked on a large research project which looks at the degree to which national courts in established democracies cite international human rights bodies in their own case law and how this can tell us something about the perceived legitimacy of international law in advanced ‘rule of law’ countries. Apart from this, Wind is very active in the public debate in Denmark and beyond. She very often appears on TV, radio and in the written press. She has her own column in one of the leading newspapers and very often appears in interviews when the debate is about European integration, implementation of European law, democracy issues, Schengen, asylum law, border control issues and the issues of being a public intellectual challenging the political establishment. 

Webpage: Marlene Wind (University of Copenhagen)