2024 IAHRE Conference: Extending Human Rights Education


2024 IAHRE Conference: Extending Human Rights Education

The International Association for Human Rights Education (IAHRE) was founded in Dublin in June 2023. Our 2024 annual conference: Extending Human Rights Education will take place at UCL in London on Friday 19 April 2024. It builds on the experiences of the WERA International Research Network on Human Rights Education and on 14 previous ICEDC conferences.

To this end, the 2024 IAHRE Conference provides a unique opportunity to network with human rights educators from across the globe, share and discuss the latest research, and examine policy and practice relating to human rights education and to questions of human rights within education. 

We invite you to join us in London on 19 April 2024. Registration is now open.

Early bird rates are available until 4 March 2024. Special rates are available to IAHRE members. 


The WERA International Research Network on Human Rights Education (2019-2024), coordinated by Professors Audrey Osler and Hugh Starkey, runs an international webinar series in collaboration with the IAHRE journal Human Rights Education Review.  The past ICEDC conferences served as a meeting place for scholars, researchers, graduate students, education policymakers, and civil society activists from across Europe and internationally.


Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome two internationally renowned speakers to our 2024 conference.  

Professor Sonia Livingstone London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Sonia has served as advisor to the UK government, European Commission, the Council of Europe, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and other bodies,  on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. Among her most recent publications is Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives (Oxford University Press) with A. Blum-Ross.  


Professor Farzana Shain Goldsmiths, University of London

Human Rights Education in the Post-9/11 Era: gaps, silences, and possibilities

Farzana is George Wood Professor in Education at Goldsmiths, and Visiting Professor of Sociology of Education at Keele University. She has published widely in the field of sociology of education on issues relating to social justice and education and racialised and gendered inequalities. Her new book Generation 9/11: British Muslim girls and Education in England (Bristol Policy Press) is due to be published in 2024. Farzana is a member of the International Advisory Board of Human Rights Education Review


Call for papers

The Call for Papers for the IAHRE 2024 Conference Extending Human Rights Education closed on 7 December 2023.

We encouraged contributions addressing human rights education, child rights education, and the wider area of education and human rights from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and, following the CfP, have invited papers from sociology, law, history and language education. We will publish information on speakers and confirmed paper and poster presentations in mid-February 2024. 

Intergenerational justice is the aim of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We are conscious that across the globe children and young people struggle to make their voices heard since they are excluded from formal political mechanisms and frequently regarded as lacking the competence to contribute to decision-making processes. They face a world of political and social uncertainties in which information sources are frequently unreliable. A number of research papers address these themes.  Sustainable development includes ‘sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’ (SDG 4). Accepted conference papers will be considered for publication in IAHRE’s peer-reviewed journal Human Rights Education Review.

Our conference will consider how education professionals, including teachers, can respond to these challenges. We will publish a full programme in mid-February 2024 and expect to include symposia on:

  • Nordic perspectives on human rights education
  • Education in conflict ridden societies
  • The role of law and legal knowledge in human rights education
  • Teaching about pornography, sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour.

Confirmed speakers are drawn from across the globe and include scholars from Australia, Japan, United States, South Africa and a wide range of European countries.