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Would you like to contribute to the 12th IHRF 2019?

There is the possibility to submit your own ideas, best practices and case studies dealing with the topic "Human rights and digital transformation - challenges for education" within the framework of a blog post.

Call for Blog

The 12th IHRF 2019 will take place on 17 May 2019. Have you already discussed, published or researched the topic of the forum? We are looking for people who are interested in publishing a guest article on the forum topic on our blog.

If you are interested in publishing a guest article on the topic of the 12th IHRF 2019, please contact Sarah Suter, Responsible Media & Online Marketing at sarah.suter @ phlu.ch. Suggestions for guest contributions will be accepted on an ongoing basis.


Human Rights and Digital Transformation

Challenges for Education
17 May 2019

Digitization and the digital transformation have penetrated almost all societies and generations today and have already led to disruptions in many areas. This means not only new challenges for education and human rights, but also exciting opportunities that should be included in the human rights education debate. Within this framework, the Centre for Human Rights Education (ZMRB) of the University of Teacher Education (PH Luzern) is planning the 12th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF) 2019 on the topic "Human Rights and Digital Transformation - Challenges for Education" on 17 May 2019.

The 12th IHRF 2019 focuses on the following three main topics and the associated questions:

Digital Skills

  • What are "digital skills" and what role do they play in dealing with the digital transformation in education and for the protection of human rights?
  • How can the transfer of digital competences in education contribute to promoting social competence, i.e. to preventing negative phenomena such as discrimination, agitation and bullying?
  • How do the participatory opportunities of people in the digital world change decision-making and learning processes?

Digital Human Rights

  • What are "Digital Human Rights" and how and what exactly do they protect?
  • What role do those rights play that deal with guarantees of freedom, political participation and the social participation of people in political and social discourse in a digital environment?
  • Can Digital Human Rights protect, promote and involve people in their rights in the digital age, and how does this happen?

Right to Education in the Digital Age

  • Do the developments of the digital transformation strengthen or endanger the right to education?
  • What measures do those responsible for education need to take in order to fully guarantee the right to education in the digital age?


The programme of the 12th IHRF 2019 will be announced at the end of January 2019. Registration will also start at the end of January 2019.

Interested parties can also contact us now at ihrf @ phlu.ch.

Further information is also regularly published on the ZMRB blog.

We are already looking forward to meeting you in Lucerne!


We gladly present to you the program of the 11th IHRF 2017. A warm thank you in advance to all our speakers, cultural promoters and supporters for the contributions to the upcoming forum. We are looking forward to inspired speeches as well as interesting discussions.


With pleasure we present to you the preliminary program of the 11th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF) 2017. It can be downloaded here. Many national and international speakers have alreday confirmed their participation at the 11th IHRF. If you wish to participate, please register under "Registration".

All plenary sessions as well as the Expert Panel I will be simultaneously translated into Englisch and German.

On Monday, 8th of May a charity concert of the Human Rights Orchestra will take place at KKL Luzern. Participants of the IHRF 2017 will receive a 40% discount on the top two tiers at the box office or on phone orders by mentioning the code IHRF. For complete information: www.kkl-luzern.ch

If you are planning on stying one or several nights in Lucerne while attending the Forum, please contact us on ihrf @ phlu.ch so we can recommend one of our partner hotels in Lucerne.


On occasion of the International Human Rights Day on the 10 December, the IHRF-StudentTeam performed an awareness campaign at the University of Lucerne. The goal was to inform the students about human rights in general and advertise the upcoming 11th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF) 2017 in particular.