International Conference on Human Rights 

"The needs as the contemporary determinant of the content of human rights"


XVII International Conference on Human Rights is organized by WSGE in Józefów together with  Faculty of Law and Administration in Rzeszów University, Faculty of Law at University of Valencia (Spain), Faculty of Political Science at University of Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), LUM University in Cassamassima near Bari (Italy), University of International Studies in Rome (Italy). Every time the topic of the conference corresponds to the current problems in the world. Therefore, this time the topic of the conference is as follows: The needs as the contemporary determinant of the content of human rights. Dogmatic discussion on human rights in connection with their history are becoming less understandable especially for the younger generation. An increasing part of the postmodern society begins to think in terms of needs. Many political parties build their offer by defining and satisfying social needs. Hence, it is necessary to make interdisciplinary reflection on the impact of the needs of the individual and society to understand the content of human rights.



The conference has an interdisciplinary character. Therefore, the organizers invite to participate scientists of different fields: lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, canon lawyers, anthropologists, historians and politicians.


Panel I: Security as a basic human need in the postmodern era

Increasing number of armed conflicts and the development of global terrorism, implies that the safety is a value higher ranked than the freedom of the individual. Limitations of the freedom grow exponentially with the development of new electronic technologies. Thus the question arises about the impact of the needs on the modern man and his hierarchy of values.


Panel II: Human needs and programs of political parties of modern Europe

The programs of political parties are directed mainly to meet the current needs of man as an individual or as a group. As a consequence, electoral programs are mainly based on populism. In this perspective, the question on: social education, the level of policy, the real participation of society in politics, freedom of speech and thought, equality of all before the law, religious freedom arises.


Panel III: Human needs and the quality of law

Variability of human needs and adjusting legal provisions to them causes a fairly rapid enlargement of the number of new legal acts: domestic, European and international. In this perspective, the question about the quality of law, the opportunity to learn all regulations and the possibility to exercise the right to a fair trial arises.


Panel IV: Human needs - a reflection of the old or new world

The emphasis on the human needs generates the necessity to define them, and perhaps selecting timeless needs, that can be accepted by different cultures. Can we talk about objectification of individual and collective human needs? Could such needs become the new basis for the definition and systematization of human rights?