Faculty and Timetable of the Course

poster_koufa_2021The Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International and Human Rights Law is pleased to announce the 6th Thessaloniki Summer Courses on “Social Rights in International Law: From Theory to Practice” to be held online from, Wednesday 23 June 2021 to Friday 2 July 2021 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Summer Course will focus on social rights in contemporary international law. Although all human rights are nowadays considered as indivisible and interdependent, economic, social and cultural rights have received less attention than civil and political rights in both domestic and international law, due to the prevalent perception in past decades that they were non-enforceable and non-justiciable programmatic rights. The Summer Course will approach this perception critically and will highlight recent developments that illustrate the renewed interest and relevance of social rights in the contemporary world.

In this context, the Summer Course will delve into a variety of crucial aspects of social rights in contemporary international law. The lectures by renowned scholars and experts in the field will focus, inter alia, on the historical evolution of social rights as human rights; the main universal and regional instruments, particularly the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the European Social Charter, the controversial questions of justiciability, enforceability and extraterritorial effects of social rights; the nature and scope of state obligations to respect, protect and fulfill social rights; the obligation of non-State actors to uphold social rights in the framework of investment and other activities etc. These issues will be covered from a practical perspective by examining the most recent practice and case law of domestic courts, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights, the approach of the European Court of Human Rights and other regional courts and organs.

Faculty includes, inter alia:


Manfred Nowak (Professor, University of Vienna; Secretary-General, Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice; Founder, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty)

Contemporary Perspectives on Social Rights”


Zdzislaw Kedzia (Professor, Adam-Mickiewicz-University of Poznań; former member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)

“The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” 

Flavia Piovesan (Vice-President, I-ACmHR; Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Catholic University of São Paulo)

“The protection of social rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System” 

Fons Coomans (Professor and UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace, Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University; Director of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights)

“The International Protection of the Right to Education as a Human Right”

Ursula Kriebaum (Professor of Public International Law, University of Vienna)

“International Investment Law and Social Rights”

Christina Binder (Professor, Bundeswehr University Munich)

“Social Rights as Human Rights”

Karin Lukas (President of the European Committee of Social Rights; Senior Legal Researcher, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

“The European Social Charter”

Ralph Wilde (Associate Professor, University College London)

“The Extraterritorial Reach of Social Rights” 

Aristoteles Constantinides (Associate Professor, University of Cyprus)

“Social Rights of Minorities”

Amaya Úbeda de Torres (Senior Lawyer at the Department of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe; Adjunct Professor, School of Global and Public Affairs, IE University)

“Social Rights in Europe”


Christina Binder, Karin Lukas, Amaya Úbeda de Torres, Zdzislaw Kedzia

Challenges and the Future of Social Rights”  


Solon Solomon (Lecturer in the Division of Public and International Law, Brunel University London)

“Social Rights in Armed Conflict”

Anna-Maria Konsta (Assistant Professor (elected), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; National Co-ordinator, Réseau Académique sur la Charte Sociale Européenne et les Droits Sociaux)         

“The Social Rights of Refugees in European Law”

Vassilis Pergantis (Assistant Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

“Provisional Measures for the Protection of Social Rights in the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights” 

Stamatia (Tina) Stavrinaki (Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

“The Right to Health and Racial Discrimination during the Covid-19 Pandemic”

The co-directors of the 6th Thessaloniki Summer Courses are:

Asst. Prof. Dr. Aristoteles Constantinides and Prof. Dr. Christina Binder.

You may find more information on the application process, fees and scholarships here.

Please, find the timetable here.

Please, find the leaflet here and here.

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