The Reykjavík Congress on Human Rights (April 10th - 13th, 2013)

The international community acknowledges the increasing and persistent cases of mass atrocities and crimes against humanity occurring on a vast scale. 

Understanding the complexity in bringing these crimes to an end, the Reykjavík Congress on Human Rights aims to argue and debate the notion of the responsibility to protect from a human rights perspective, taking into account the divergent dimensions in restraining or promoting international intervention.

Through the discussions and exchange of this congress we aim to consider the current most vehement cases of human rights violations, and further comprehend the varied issues and approaches to these mass atrocities and crimes against humanity from a theoretical perspective, analyzing the complex layers and structures, and taking into account the ethical dilemma surrounding the responsibility to protect and international intervention.

The 2013 Congress will create and publish a discussion document that will be presented to the international community on how to overcome the dilemma of restraining and promoting all forms of International Interventions based on coordinated global coalition efforts between governments, NGOs and International Institutions.

The congress is going to run in Reykjavik (April 10th – 13th, 2013) and is co-hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy & Ministry of Interior of Iceland. The key issues are: 1) Humanitarian Crisis; 2) The UN Genocide Convention & R2P.

Participation in The Reykjavík Congress on Human Rights is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, human rights activists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals, and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

To apply, participants can visit:

For more information please visit:

Icelandic Human Rights Centre

Túngata 14 | 101 Reykjavík | Sími 552 2720 | info[at]

The office is open from 9-12 and 13-16