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20th anniversary


The Institute celebrated its twentieth anniversary on 17 November 2017 with a conference whose objective was twofold. Firstly, to mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute and recognise two decades of work in favour of human rights. Secondly, to provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion, offering pointers and guidelines to continue with this task in the coming years. The conference was therefore organised as several round tables with agents involved in promoting a human rights culture in different scopes so that their contributions could enrich debate and reflection on this subject :

Opening remarks

  • Juan José Etxeberria Sagastume, S.I., Vice Rector of the University Community (UD).
  • Gorka Urrutia Asua, Director of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute (UD).

University institutes and promotion of a human rights culture

  • Jaime Oraá Oraá, S.I., President of UNIJES, former Director of the Human Rights Institute.


  • Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, former Director of the Human Rights Institute.

Universities and social and political impact. Challenges faced by human rights research

  • Vicenzo Ferrari, Director of the Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law.
  • Itziar Ruiz-Giménez Arrieta, lecturer on Political Science and International Relations, Autonomous University of Madrid.

Promotion of human rights and public policies. Initiatives and proposals

  • Jonan Fernández Erdozia, Secretary General of Human Rights Coexistence and Cooperation, Basque Government.

  • Mª Teresa Laespada Martínez, Deputy for Employment, Social Insertion and Equality, Regional Council of Biscay.


Challenges in human rights protection seen from the civil society perspective.

  • Richard Nelson Sierra, Human Rights advocate, Indigenous Peoples Organisation of Antioquia.

  • Patricia Bárcena Molina, Director of CEAR-Euskadi.


  • Mª Mar Magallón Soneira, Director of Alboan.

Challenges and keys to the future

  • Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.


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