281.1 Human rights and the idea of risk

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 10:45 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Lucia Maria BRITO DE OLIVEIRA , University of Brasilia, Brazil
                               How to refuse such interesting debate? The discussions about Human Rights and the Idea of risk can only enrich the concepts and the understandings of both. Can the idea of risk be a threat to human rights? The answer is negative. By pointing out the risks, the only few certainties one can have are the human, the fundamental rights.

                               Which is the real threat to human rights based on the idea of risk? Can it be used as an exception to the full exercises of rights? The threat is the distortion about the contents of the human rights. By transforming its fundaments, one can not only destroy them but also distort them. It must have be in mind that the full exercise of rights is a daily activity. Rights once forgotten are vague words of a past no one wants to learn.

                               By studying the jurisprudence of the regional human rights courts in a diachronic and synchronic perspective, it is possible the synergetic approach those cases and  advisory opinions are able to tell about societies of a specific region of the planet and how those lessons can be learnt by other people in different parts of the world. The Inter-American court of human rights can be an important example .