Activities

Upcoming


Online workshop on approaches to vulnerability in times of crisis,  19 February 2021,  Åbo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights, Turku/Åbo, Finland. For more information, see here

Past


4-5 September 2020

RELAY convened and chaired panel ‘Vulnerability as a Tool to Include and Exclude’ at the AHRI 2020 Virtual Conference, including the presentation ‘Institutional Competition for Social Protection’ by Viljam Engström and the presentation ‘Legal Approaches to the Vulnerability of Undocumented Migrants: De-agencification or Empowerment?’ by Mikaela Heikkilä 

1-2 July 2020

Mikaela Heikkilä & Viljam Engström: Presentation of the conference paper ‘VulnerabilisationMainstreaming of Enhanced Protection or Inflation of Rights?’ (by Viljam Engström, Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso), Workshop on Human Rights Overreach, Erlangen (online), Germany. 

26–28 February 2020

Mikaela Heikkilä & Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Presentation of the published article ‘Disability and Vulnerability: A Human Rights Reading of the Responsive State’ (IJHR), Development Days 2020 Conference: Inequality Revisited: In Search of Novel Perspectives on an Enduring Problem, Helsinki, Finland.

11 November 2019

Viljam Engström: Presentation ‘Social Protection Policies: Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights?’, Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theory and Practice, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

7-11 October 2019

Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Presentation ‘Vulnerability as a Human Rights Principle: Comparing African and European Approaches’, AfriDoors Conference, School of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

25-27 September 2019

RELAY and SHUREA coordinated panel ‘Rights and development in the mandate and work of international institutions’. Viljam Engström, presentation: ‘The Emerging Social Protection Interest in the IMF: Time to Revisit ‘Conventional Truths’?.  4th Conference of the Law and Development Network The Plurality of Law and Development,  Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

19-20 September  2019

Mikaela Heikkilä, Hisayo Katsui and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘A Human-Rights Reading of the Responsive State: Universal and Particular Obligations in Addressing the Vulnerability of Persons with Disabilities’, A Workshop on the Politics of Public Health: Disability, Age, and Other Categories of Universal Human Vulnerability, University of Lund, Sweden.

5 November – 10 December 2018

Mikaela Heikkilä: The undergraduate course Vulnerabilities in Armed Conflicts (5 credits) at Åbo Akademi University.

15-16 November 2018

Viljam Engström, Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: RELAY coordinated thematic workshop ‘Constructing Vulnerable Identities’ at the 15th ETMU Conference: Vulnerability, Resilience and Resistance in Diverse Societies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. For a description of the workshop and for further instructions, please see here.

9-10 November 2018

Viljam Engström: Presentation ‘Social Protection Floors as a Tool of Socio-Economic Protection: The Case of the IMF’ at Unpacking Economic and Social Rights Conference, University of Göttingen, Germany.

2-3 November 2018

Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Presentation ‘Conceptualising Vulnerability’ at the COST Action CA 16211 Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe (RECAST) – First Workshop of the Working Group 3: Concepts, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

24 October 2018

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Brown bag lunch seminar ‘Who Is in and Who Is out? On the Different Understandings of Vulnerability’, Lunch seminar in Minority Studies, Åbo Akademi University.

19-21 September 2018

Viljam Engström, Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: RELAY coordinated workshop ‘Vulnerability: An Interface between Law and Justice’ at the Third conference of the Law and Development Research Network: INTERFACES, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

11-15 June 2018

Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD Course 2018 Resilience and Equality: Questions for the North and the South, Åbo, Finland.

2 May 2018

Guest lecture by Dr. Stu Marvel on Institutional Vulnerability and Legal Frictions: Exploring Gender Identity, Reproductive Technology, and the Children’s Act in Denmark, Åbo, Finland.

Dr. Marvel is a Lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Law, Leeds, UK; Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Emory University School of Law; Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University Atlanta.

16-22 April 2018

Viljam Engström: Research visit to the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group Spring Meetings and the Civil Society Policy Forum in Washington DC / United States.

9 December 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘Crossing (Legal) Boundaries: The Making of Rightful and Rightless Migrants’ at Workshop on Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Resilience through Law’s Dynamism, School of Law/Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University, Atlanta/United States.

6-14 December 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Visiting scholars at the School of Law/Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University, Atlanta/United States.

29 November 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Lecture on ‘Human Rights and Vulnerability’ at Intensive Course on Contemporary Challenges to International Human Rights Law, Åbo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights, Turku/Finland.

12 October 2017

Elina Pirjatanniemi: Session on ‘Human Rights and Vulnerability’ in African Forum for Doctoral Research in Human Rights (AFRIDOORS), Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

21 September 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘Human Rights-Based Approach to the Vulnerability of Asylum-Seekers’ at the Law and Development Research Conference, Antwerp/Belgium.

31 August – 1 September 2017

Viljam Engström: Paper presentation ‘The IMF as a Rescuer in Economic Crises: Are Macroeconomics and Socioeconomic Rights Inevitably on a Crash Course?’, Oikeustieteen päivät, University of Turku, Turku/Finland.

29-30 May 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘Juggling between Protection and Deterrence: In Search of a More Coherent Approach to Migrant Vulnerability’, Nordic Asylum Law Seminar,  University of Iceland, Reykjavik/Iceland

5 April 2017

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘Rightful and Rightless Migrants: On the Categorisation of Migrants as a Source for Vulnerability’, FRAME workshop: Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University, Utrecht/The Netherlands.

9 September 2016

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso: Paper presentation ‘Acknowledging the Vulnerability of People on the Move: Towards a Coherent and Responsive EU Approach to Vulnerability’, Conference: State Accountability for Vulnerability, DCU Social-Legal Research Centre, Dublin/Ireland.