International Human Rights Education Conference

International Human Rights Education Conferences 2010 - 2019

The International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) , which were initiated in 2010 by Professor Sev Ozdowski to advance human rights culture world-wide, have been held in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Holland, Chile and most recently in Canada.

10th ICHRE - Nepal 2019

The 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education will be held in Nepal.


The main theme of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education, is:

“Human Rights in Academic Excellence, Technology and Artificial Intelligence”.

Other important areas that will be covered as subthemes in line with the main theme include:

  • Human Rights in academic Institutions;
    This includes recognition and use of academic research, technology and artificial intelligence as tools for ensuring collaboration in human rights, enrichment of knowledge, and economic prosperity for all.
  • Human Rights in SDGs and Agenda 2030;
  • Human rights and culture;
  • Human rights in good governance, peace process and justice.

Visit the conference website for further information on the 10th International Human Rights Education Conference

9th ICHRE – 2018

Opening Ceremony The conference theme Unleashing the Full Potential of AudienceCivil Societyproved to be well chosen and popular with human rights scholars and advocates as some 250 paper proposals were received.  Only approximately 90 of the best paper and workshop proposals were chosen for presentation at the conference.  The full conference program can be viewed by clicking here.

The 9th ICHRE was an absolute success with the attendance of over 380 delegates and speakers from around 50 countries. Feedback from those who participated has been very positive, the high quality of presentations as well as the depth of experience of speakers who were noted by all to have contributed to the high standard of the conference. The participation of some 110 high school students in the closing discussion panel was also a most welcomed innovation. Our hope is that the conference has made a positive contribution to human rights education worldwide.


In 2018 the 9th ICHRE Conference was held in Sydney. Please click here for the 9th ICHRE conference report.

8th ICHRE – 2017

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The 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education (opens in new window)Opens in a new window, Bridging our Diversities, was held in Montreal, Canada, from November 30th to December 3rd, 2017. Concordia University provided the venue and graciously hosted the event. The 2017 Conference was co-organized by Dr Sev Ozdowski of Western Sydney University and Australian Council for Human Rights Education. This year’s Conference was the 8th in a series of annual conferences previously held in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Netherlands and Chile.

More than 310 registered participants coming from over 50 countries in all regions of the world took part in this event.  The main objective of the Conference was to work together to develop a dynamic articulation of the value of human rights education as well as to document a collection of innovative and effective strategies and practices to respond to current global challenges.

The conference spread over the 3.5 days and consisted of three major themes:

  • Human rights education as a fundamental response to global challenges, for reconciliation with indigenous peoples and in achieving gender equality
  • HRE good practices for building equitable and inclusive communities
  • HRE tools and tactics to ensure impact

All workshops and panel presentations followed a participatory approach which involved active engagement of participants.

Recordings from the panels can be viewed by clicking here.

More information and a full list of all plenary, workshop and panel sessions, including main speakers and organizations responsible for organizing workshops and panels, is provided in the Narrative ReportConference Program, Conference Declaration and Dr Ozdowski’s Conference Closing Remarks .

7th ICHRE Conference

It was rewarding to receive the Publication of Key Papers presented during the 2016 International Conference on Human Rights Education that was held on December 12-15, 2016, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile (Universidad de Chile).

The 2016 IHREC was the first of these Conferences to be held in Latin America. It was organized by the Faculty of Law’s Center for Human Rights and its Office of Outreach, in cooperation with Western Sydney University. The Organizing Committee of the VII IHREC included representatives from both the University of Chile and Western Sydney University. From the University of Chile: Lea Newfarmer, Myrna Villegas, Alex Choquemamani, Paulina Pulido, Natalia Reyes, Lorena Pino, Camila Araneda, Claudia Cárdenas, Javier Godoy, Nicolas Bosbach, and Sebastián Candia. From Western Sydney University: Sev Ozdowski.

6th ICHRE Conference

The Sixth IHRE Conference 'Translating Roosevelt's Four Freedoms to Today's World' was hosted by the University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University) in Middelburg, the Netherlands, from 16-18 December 2015.

The 5th ICHRE Conference

The Fifth IHRE Conference 'Advancing Universal Human Rights Culture' was hosted by the American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA, from 4-6 December 2014.

The 4th IHRE Conference

The Fourth ICHRE Conference 'Global Convergence and Local Practice' was hosted by Soochow University, Taipei Taiwan from 21-26 November 2013.

The 3rd ICHRE Conference

The Third ICHRE Conference 'Influencing Change in Times of Transition and Crisis' was hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Cracow Poland from 7-10 December 2012.
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The 2nd ICHRE Conference

The Second ICHRE Conference 'Celebrating Diversity and Achieving Social Justice' was hosted by the University Kwazulu-Natal in Durban South Africa from 14-16 November 2011.

The 1st ICHRE Conference

The First IHRE Conference 'Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue' was hosted by Western Sydney University at Parramatta Campus 4-6 November 2010.

The conference was organised in response to the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education to promote human rights education, particularly in the Australian and Asia Pacific region.