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«Construction of Emerging Rights». ICON•S Interest Group


We would like to inform you that the inaugural meeting of the  ICON•S Interest Group: 'Construction of Emerging Rights' will take place on Tuesday, July 4th [07:00 AM (GMT+2) Madrid] during the ICON•S 2023 Annual Conference on "Islands and Oceans: Public Law in a Plural World"

Confirmed participating members include:

  • José M. Sauca, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) [Convener]
  • Ramiro Ávila, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Ecuador)
  • Valeria Berros, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina)
  • Isabel Fanlo, Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy)
  • Triantafyllos Gkouvas, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)
  • Itziar Gómez, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)
  • Rósín Hennessy, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)
  • Mariano C. Melero, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Juan Cruz Parcero, UNAM (Mexico)
  • Edgardo Rodríguez, Director General Director for Human Rights of the Government of Peru
  • Gonzalo Ramírez, Universidad del Externado (Colombia)
  • Colleen Sheppard, McGill University (Canada)

The meeting is open to all interested researchers and will require prior registration at the following link:

ICON Interest groups are intended to encourage longer-term cooperation among scholars from different regions around specific themes beyond the annual conference. They may thus seek to launch joint research and/or publication projects, plan group events (in-person or online) throughout the year and launch other initiatives. Interest groups are open to all ICON•S members working on the respective themes.

Theme and objectives

The development of modern, open and inclusive societies today requires the academy to further explore the legal bases and conceptual drafting of new rights or new dimensions of classic rights. In a context defined by cultural, political, financial and ecological conflicts, seeking to incorporate new rights and new dimensions of rights into the constitutional instruments must be supported by a theory that appropriately substantiates and conceptualises these demands. In this way, this Interest Group essentially concerns two lines of contributions. The first one is eminently theoretical and consists of the bases and conceptualisation of these new rights and of these realisations or new dimensions of classic rights. The second one, however, concerns applied research and refers to the analysis of these concepts and their specific constitutional development in each case. 

As examples of these issues can be identified the constitutional and legislative framework for accommodating these demands and claims formulated in terms of rights; the new rights or rights under construction related to citizen participation in public affairs; the rights relating to spaces for consolidating peoples identity and dignity; the expectations of rights transformations and their protection in view of the new economic, technological, social and ecological realities; how to introduce the human rights, gender and intersectionality perspective into the normative system and into public policies. It is also of interest to address the limits of this strategy of subjectivization in the protection of legitimate aspirations for justice. Helping to set them is at the heart of the issue.

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