The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a seminar on the EU in Africa.

Human rights, democracy and rule of law are high on the agenda in the relations between the European Union (EU) and Africa. However, despite slogans like ‘2 unions, 1 vision’ there are many deeply contested issues between the two regional blocs. This seminar that is held in the framework of the project ‘Fostering for Human Rights among European Policies’ (Frame) explores visions, practice and scenarios for the future of the EU’s relationship with Africa.

Date: Thursday 9 February 2017
Venue: Farm Inn, Silverlakes Road, Pretoria, South Africa
RSVP deadline: 6 February 2017
Enquiries: Prof Magnus Killander ( magnus.killander@up.ac.za)


08:30 – 09:00 
Welcome tea and registration

09:00 – 10:30 Session 1: The role of human rights in the EU’s external policies
The EU as a global human rights actor
Prof Jeffrey Kenner, University of Nottingham
The EU’s human rights obligations towards distant strangers
Mr Aravind Ganesh, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxemburg
EU strategic priorities for human rights engagement in Africa
Mr Jakub Jaraczewski, PhD candidate and lecturer, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

10:30 – 11:00 
Tea break

11:00 – 12:00 Session 2: Conceptions of human rights, rule of law and democracy
An African perspective on human rights, rule of law and democracy
Prof Michelo Hansungule, Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Pretoria
Two unions, one vision? Conceptual contestation in practice
Prof Magnus Killander, Associate Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

12:00 – 13:00 

13:00 – 14:00 Session 3: Political relations
The EU and the African Union
Dr George Mukundi Wachira, CEO, Maendelo Group (former head of African Governance Architecture, African Union)
Bilateral engagement – Cotonou and beyond
Mr Bright Nkrumah, doctoral candidate, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Case study – The role of the EU in the legal protection of human rights defenders in Kenya and Uganda
Dr Nora Ho Tu Nam, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

14:00 – 15:00  Session 4: Economic relations
Economic Partnership Agreements and human rights
Mr Alex Ekeke, doctoral candidate, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Case studies on human rights and natural resource governance: EU involvement in Ghana and Mozambique
Mr Brecht Lein, doctoral candidate, Leuven University

Concluding remarks


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