Call for Contributions is now CLOSED!

Deadline: 30th of November

After the 2nd world war, heads of state from all parts of the world came together under one consensus: Never again shall comparable crimes against humanity repeat themselves. Based on this concept of human dignity, the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Two years later the European Convention of Human Rights was established. And with the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009 fundamental rights have become binding EU law within the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. 

While great progress has been achieved during the last seven decades, universal equity is still far from being achieved. Human rights (and rights of minorities in particular) face increasing criticism by politicians and boulevard media. Large parts of Europe’s population remain uneducated about their fundamental rights and think of human rights as an abstract and unrealistic concept. This has to change! 

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (10 December) the European Student Think Tank welcomes you to write an article on the importance of fundamental rights in a European context. Where do we stand now? And is “universality” attainable in our modern globalized world? 


Suggested article topics: 

  • Civil education on fundamental rights
  • Human rights online: Finding a compromise between freedom of expression and the prosecution of hate speech
  • Right to peaceful assembly (within the context of the ongoing youth protests)
  • Right to free movement and fundamental freedoms of the EU
  • Human trafficking
  • Right to asylum
  • Principle of non-discrimination
  • Rights of disabled people
  • LGBT rights
  • Women’s rights and the (il)legitimacy of positive discrimination

Suggested length of contributions: 500 to 1500 words

Interested to share your thoughts on the topic? Please send your article to before the 30th of November

Looking forward to getting your article published soon!