EU Fundamental rights agency: symposium on fundamental rights indicators

May 6, 2011 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights organizes on 12 and 13 May 2011 in Vienna, Austria a symposium on fundamental rights indicators. The event will address the challenge of measuring fundamental rights. What are the indicators which tell us the extent of respect and implementation of fundamental rights in a given country. Is it the length of the national Constitution (poor England – will not score high on this point), the number of court houses, lawyers or police officers per 100 000 inhabitants, the number of applications to the ECtHR or other international human rights adjudicating bodies?

Some might say that fundamental rights have strong but impossible to explain in terms of causality with development.   If there is any validity in that theory than perhaps GDP per capita will tell us something about fundamental rights? It will be interesting how to explain Chilly from the 80s and 90s or the oil-rich Gulf states.

The Symposium on “Using indicators to measure fundamental rights in the EU: challenges and solutions” will focus on five particular areas of interest:

  • Data protection;
  • Access to justice;
  • Children;
  • Roma;
  • Persons with disabilities
The agenda of the event is available here
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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, EU, Human Rights, Measuring Access to Justice.

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