Come along and discuss with us how to build human rights in the city!

Come along and discuss with us how to build human rights in the city!

The event is about human rights in York and Nottingham and ends with the official launch of my book The Human Rights City

This one-day event takes place on June the 20th at the Djianogly International Centre (DICe) of Nottingham Trent University. It starts at 10.30. We will discuss the idea and practice of building human rights in cities. Many cities across the globe have engaged with human rights for quite some time. Some, for example, have declared themselves human rights cities. Some have produced human rights charters, and some have enacted policies based on human rights. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to listen to how cities have applied human rights, beginning with York, and to reflect on human rights issues in Nottingham based on a report submitted to the UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. The day will end with the official launch of my book The Human Rights City: New York, San Francisco, Barcelona. A report will be produced at the end of this event, to inform further actions about human rights in Nottingham. The event is supported by the British Sociological Association, through funding made available to the Sociology of Rights Study Group, and by the NTU Department of Sociology.

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10.30 – 10.45

Arrival and registration

Coffee & tea will be provided.

10.45 – 11.00

Opening speech

Dr Michele Grigolo (Lecturer in Sociology, Nottingham Trent University) will welcome participants, provide a quick introduction of human rights, and explore the opportunities and challenges cities’ engagements with human rights present. Some questions and provocations are launched to facilitate discussions during the rest of the day.

11.00 – 13.00

Workshop 1: Building human rights in York

Prof Paul Gready (Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York) opens the workshop with a discussion of human rights in York. In 2017, York was declared a human rights city. York is the first UK city to have taken such step. The York Human Rights City (YHRC) initiative is sustained by the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York (for more information, see Participants will be invited to reflect in groups on questions of human rights raised by the case of York.

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

A hot lunch will be served.

14.00 – 16.00

Workshop 2: Discussing human rights in Nottingham

The workshop is opened by a presentation of the main content of the report Economic and Social Rights in Nottingham: Work, Housing, Food. The report is co-authored by NTU researchers, the Nottingham Housing Justice Forum and the United Private Hire Drivers union. It was submitted to Philip Alston, the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, for his new project on economic and social rights. After this presentation, participants are invited to work in groups and contribute comments, ideas and testimonies on human rights in Nottingham, and discuss the possibility of establishing a human rights initiative in Nottingham. The report can be dowloaded from this website at

16.00 – 16.30


16.30 – 18.00

Book launch: The Human Rights City: New York, San Francisco, Barcelona.

Author Dr Michele Grigolo is interviewed by Prof Paul Gready. The conversation offers the opportunity for a more general reflection on human rights cities, where they come from, what kind of human rights they engage with and the place of local authorities in the construction of human rights in the city. This event is organised in collaboration with Routledge. Refreshments will be provided.