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Fundamental Rights and Conflicts Among Rights

An International Symposium on a crucial problem of our time organized by the Ratzinger Foundation and LUMSA University

15-16 November 2018
LUMSA University - Sala Giubileo
Via di Porta Castello, 44 - Rome

How far have we come putting into practice what was declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which this year marks its 70th Anniversary? How can the Church respond today to the new challenges threatening these rights, whether fundamentalism and persecution, or new types of poverty and oppression? And with whom can the Church engage on these issues? States, religious leaders, international institutions, or first and foremost with global civil society? In addition, what are the roots of fundamental rights and what response can there be to the danger of a multiplication of rights that can threaten, paradoxically, concepts on the rule of law and human dignity?

These are the fundamental questions to be addressed and debated by the experts who will be speaking at the symposium. It will conclude with a presentation by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, on “The Church's Interlocutors in the Debate and in the Affirmation of Human Rights”.

In the four Sections of the Symposium – Genesis and Meaning of the Idea of Religious Liberty; Laicité and Natural Law; Birth and Transformation of the Culture of Liberty and Human Rights; The Multiplication of Rights and the Risk of Destruction of the Idea of Right – many international experts will be speaking. Among them Giuseppe Dalla Torre (LUMSA), Jean Louis Ska (Pontificio Istituto Biblico), Francesco D’Agostino (Roma, Tor Vergata), Robert P. George (Princeton University), Marta Cartabia (Vice president of the Italian Constitutional Court), Carlos Ignacio Massini (Mendoza, Argentina), Barbara Zehnpfennig (Universität Passau), Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard University), Joseph H. Weiler (New York University), Roberto Baratta (Macerata, Italia).

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English, Italian, Spanish and German.
Participation in the symposium is free.

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