invites you to a lecture
Location: Balmoral Room, Stanhope Hotel, Rue de Commerce 9, Brussels
Event date: 30 May 2012, from 18:30
Speaker: Professor Dr. Nigel Ashford - Former Jean Monnet Scholar at Staffordshire University, currently Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, an educational non-profit based at George Mason University, Virginia, USA
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Attendance by invitation only. Please confirm your participation as seats will be limited to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 May 2012
The European Charter of Fundamental Rights undermines real human rights, by extending the term to cover economic and social demands. The result is a betrayal of human rights.
“This discussion is not academic nit-picking or playing with words. A clear understanding of the concept of human rights is vital for their protection and promotion, especially for those who are denied them daily. Not all that is desirable is a right. Not all rights are human rights. It is an obscenity to equate torture [...] with not having a paid holiday.” says Dr. Nigel Ashford, a Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University, Virginia, USA.
Dr Nigel Ashford was Senior Lecturer in Politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. His doctoral dissertation was on 'The British Conservative Party and European Integration.'
He was Secretary General of European Democrat Students, the European Union of Christian Democrat, Conservative and Liberal Students and on the Executive of Students for United Europe during the referendum on British membership of the European Community. He was on the Executive Committee of the UK section of the International Society for Human Rights. He directs the Principles for a Free Society Project of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation of Sweden.
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