Project description

Equality is a value, a principle and a fundamental right in modern rule-of-law democratic states. However, contrary to what would be desirable, the very own seeds of existing democratic societies contain racist ideas that put human rights under strain. Besides, the increase of racism, from almost imperceptible discrimination to most apparent forms of racism, right up to hate speech, is not easy to fight in a context marked by several vertical axes of inequality (top/bottom) and the breakdown of social integration links (inside/out) that jeopardize social cohesion.

As doctrine largely confirms, there are different types of racism and racism-related discrimination, and they feed off each other. In this regard, a distinction can be drawn among institutional racism, which refers to the series of structures, policies, practices and rules that result in differential access to the goods, services and opportunities of society, as the European Court of Human Rights recently confirmed; a form of racism exercised by individuals and the societies to which they belong; and a cultural racism involving both individuals and institutions that is rooted in the different elements that make up the dominating culture.

In order to prevent and fight those different forms of racism and discrimination that threaten the exercise and guarantee of human rights, an analysis considering both the legal and social scope becomes necessary, as this project outlines. Thus, this research proposes as a starting point, on the one hand, identifying the processes that lead to social exclusion and give rise to discrimination and racism situations, particularly in the case of people of foreign origin and, on the other, looking at ways to face such situations on the basis of the specific reports issued by United Nations and the European guidelines.

Based on those parameters, the MULTIHURI project, including a multidisciplinary research and their previous experience as a team, focuses on the study of the Spanish case using a comparative analysis. At a first stage it proposes a critical review of the legislative measures and political and social actions adopted in Spain to deal with racial or ethnical discrimination, racism and hate speech. A second part of the research focuses on the comparative analysis against reality and the related actions taken in Italy, France, Denmark and Finland. The balance among such different scenarios, ranging from France, which was a pioneer estate adopting measures against racism; Italy, whose anti-immigration policies have blatantly challenged the most fundamental rights; and the Nordic region represented by Denmark and Finland, where some expressions of racism have grown exponentially, is essential in order to identify good practices.

All this will lead to proposals to develop institutional mechanisms and design social, legal and political programmes and initiatives to assemble a robust system of action in order to meet the urgent need to reduce racism and discrimination levels, tackle hate speech and crime effectively, and facilitate progress towards a legal and social framework that allows for better conviviality.

The III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality will be held on 1-2 June 2017 at the University of Valencia Law Faculty. The meeting will pursue four objectives: 1) identify obstacles to intercultural conviviality in the migration context of Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada; 2) analyse the impact of human rights institutions on processes of ethnic minority stigmatisation and discrimination, taking into account the gender dimension; 3) describe experiences of civic mobilisation in favour of the rights of migrants and their descendants, as well as the results obtained; 4) formulate jurisprudential, legislative and administrative proposals to guarantee equality and promote inclusion in diverse societies. The activity is aimed at professors, researchers and students as well as professionals and activists interested in these issues.

Renowned Spanish and international scholars will explore contemporary problems in the area of cultural identities, racism and xenophobia, the right to health and education, as well as the relationship between gender and diversity. These presentations will be complemented with several panels of communications on the same themes.

To register, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specifying your name, surname, university or other organisation and ID number. The conference fee is 20€ until 15 May and 30€ thereafter. Transfers must be made to Santander account IBAN ES28 0049 6722 09 2210016204 under participants' full name. All attendees will receive a certificate and complimentary bag from the University of Valencia Human Rights Institute.

All those interested in proposing a communication are required to attach a text of 1000-1500 words and a short bio to their registration application before 1st May. Posters are also welcome. The list of accepted communications and posters will be published on 10 May. A digital volume will subsequently be edited with the contributions of all those who submit the full manuscript of their communication before 1 July 2017 to the abovementioned email. Click here for the guidelines on manuscript lenght and format (in Spanish).

Detailed conference program (in Spanish)

Program of communications (In Spanish)



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