INHS Biennial Conference: “Hate, Democracy, and Human Rights”

Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December, 2020, online 


Co-hosted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the University of Plymouth.

Sessions and Speakers

Prior to the Conference a number of video presentations of papers (our asynchronous papers) will be placed on the INHS website and sent to all conference delegates. These papers are in the following areas:

  • Hate crime and hate speech
  • Legislating against hate crime: law, policy, interpretation
  • Extremism and counter-extremism
  • Protection of and assistance to hate crime victims
  • Hate crime specialization – police, prosecution, civil society….
  • Evidence: proving hate
  • Data gaps: local, national and international
  • Teaching “hate” at universities
  • Hate crime victims: evidencing impact
  • Thin line between institutional and individual discrimination and prejudice
  • Critical approaches to hate studies

On the days of the conference our synchronous sessions and keynote speakers are:

Hate as threat to democracy and human rights Plenary 1 (10:00 – 12:00 GMT, 2020-12-02)

Opening remarks: Zoë James (University of Plymouth, UK)
Kishan Manocha (Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, OSCE/ODIHR)
Speakers: Dermana Seta (Adviser on intolerance against Muslims, OSCE/ODIHR)
Thomas Brudholm (University of Copenhagen)
Evin Incir (MEP, European Parliament, co-President of ARDI group)
Aryeh Tuchman (Center on Extremism, Anti-Defamation League)

Challenging Transphobia Nationally and Internationally Discussion 1 (14:00 – 16:00 GMT, 2020-12-02)

Discussants: Tuisina Ymania Brown (ILGA – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)
Sanjar Kurmanov (TGEU – Transgender Europe)
Éirénne Carroll (TENI – Transgender Equality Network Ireland)

Towards an international understanding of hate crime Discussion 2 (18:00 – 19:30 GMT, 2020-12-02)

Discussants: Gay McDougall (Former Vice-Chair, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)
Stefano Valenti (Head of No Hate Speech Cooperation Unit, Anti-discrimination Department, CoE)
Paul Giannasi (National Police Chiefs’ Council, United Kingdom)

Black Lives Matter, Hate Crime, and Policing Discussion 3 (10:00 – 12:00 GMT, 2020-12-03)

Discussants: Lecia Brooks (Southern Poverty Law Centre, United States of America)
Domenica Ghidei Bidu (Vice-Chair, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, CoE)
Professor Kehindi Andrews (Birmingham City University, UK)

Traversing disciplines, practices, and institutions Discussion 4 (14:00 – 16:00 GMT, 2020-12-03)

Discussants: Karoline Fernández de la Hoz Zeitler (Director, Observatory of Racism and Xenophobia, Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, Spain)
Katrin Hugendubel (Advocacy Director, ILGA – The International Lesbian, Gay, Biesual, Trans and Intersex Association)
Alexander Kondakov, University College Dublin

From COVID to Cohesion – Drawing pathways for the future Plenary 2 (18:00 – 19:30 GMT, 2020-12-03)

Speakers: Graeme Reid (Human Rights Watch)
Professor Barbara Perry (Ontario Tech University, Canada)

Please note: During the conference there will be online opportunities for networking provided.


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