A National Human Rights Institution for Italy

5 November 2018
6 November 2018
5-6 November 2018

Room B, Palazzo di Giurisprudenza (Faculty of Law)
via Verdi 53, Trento

Notwithstanding numerous recommendations from United Nations bodies and a nearly twenty-year parliamentary debate on the subject, Italy has not been able to date to create a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in compliance with the relevant international standards. This Conference aims to raise awareness, among stakeholders and the public opinion at large, about the urgent need for an Italian NHRI. The Conference further aims to reflect on the most viable solutions for an Italian NHRI by taking stock of the progress made within the national debate and of best practices from abroad.  

Languages: Italian and English. Simultaneous translation available.


5 November 

14:15-14:30 Welcome Address

Fulvio Cortese (Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Trento)

14:30-16:00 The International Role of National Human Rights Institutions 

Chair: Giuseppe Nesi (Professor, University of Trento)
  • Katrien Meuwissen (Senior Officer, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions) 
  • Alan Miller (Special Envoy, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions) 

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Models of National Human Rights Institutions in Europe

Chair: Chiara Tea Antoniazzi (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Trento)
  • Dick Houtzager (Commissioner, Netherlands Institute for Human Rights) 
  • Steven Jensen (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights) 
  • Levan Meskhoradze (Team Leader of the EU Project, Public Defender of Georgia) 

6 November 

9:00-10:30 A National Human Rights Institution for Italy: The Standpoints of Civil Society 

Chair: Filippo di Robilant (Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency) 
  • Carla Broccardo (Member, National Bar Council)
  • Antonio Bultrini (Professor, University of Florence) 
  • Antonio Marchesi (President, Amnesty International Italia and Professor, University of Teramo)
  • Barbara Terenzi (Coordinator, Human Rights Promotion and Protection Committee) 

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 A National Human Rights Institution for Italy: The Way Forward

Chair: Pasquale De Sena (Catholic University, Milan) 
  • Iolanda Di Stasio (MP, member of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies) 
  • Michele Nicoletti (Professor, University of Trento, former MP and former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
  • Mauro Palma (President, Guarantor for the rights of persons detained or deprived of personal liberty) 

12:30-13:00 Conclusions

  • Antoine Buyse (Director, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University)
  • Fabrizio Petri (President, Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights) 


Scientific Committee:
Prof. Giuseppe Nesi (Professor, University of Trento)
Dr. Chiara Tea Antoniazzi (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Trento)

Co-organized with

Italian Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights

Image credits: Mural from the Temple of Longing  ↖Thither↗ (1922)  - Paul Klee
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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