Public Lecture ”The Rights of Others – Human Rights in EU Foreign Policy”

Public Lecture ''The Rights of Others  – Human Rights in EU Foreign Policy''

Date(s): 13/11/2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Moot Court, 5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building



Speaker: STAVROS LAMBRINIDIS, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights

Moderator: Prof. Nina Jorgensen, Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Bio)

In his lecture, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, will explore the role of human rights in EU foreign policy, including some of today’s major challenges in ensuring an effective human rights promotion around the world. He will in particular address the question of the universality of human rights, the shrinking space of civil society, as well as the issues of coherence and effectiveness that the EU faces.

The mandate of the first EU Special Representative for Human Rights is to contribute to the implementation of the EU’s human rights policy, in particular the EU Strategic Framework and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy adopted in 2012, and to enhance dialogue with governments, international organisations and civil society on human rights in order to ensure the effectiveness, visibility and coherence of the EU’s external action on human rights.



Stavros Lambrinidis is the EU Special Representative for Human Rights since August 2012.

In 2011, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Between 2004 and 2011 he was Member of the European Parliament with the Greek Social Democratic Party (PASOK) and served as Head of the PASOK Delegation to the EP. In July 2009 he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament, in charge of the Bureau’s International Relations and the Parliament’s Communications Policy. He was also responsible for the Bureau’s Transatlantic Relations and for relations with International Organizations. Between 2004 and 2009 he was Vice-President of the Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE). He has been Parliament’s Rapporteur on issues such as the Promotion of Security and Fundamental Rights in the Internet Age; the Integration of Immigrants in Europe; the Protection of Critical Infrastructures against terrorist threats; and Shadow Rapporteur for the Processing of Personal Data and the Protection of Privacy in the electronic communications sector.


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