This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Morten Kjaerum is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and also Chair of the Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Previously, he was FRA’s first Director and founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. For over 25 years, he has been involved in human rights capacity building projects with governments and national institutions worldwide. An expert in human rights implementation, he has been a member of the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and President of the International Coordination Committee for National Human Rights Institutions. He has also written extensively on issues relating to human rights, in particular on refugee law, the prohibition of racial discrimination, and the role of national human rights institutions. In his view human rights and the rule of law are not just for the good times; they are particularly needed when the world is in crisis as it is today. Human rights are a beacon for new laws and policies when trying to navigate through the refugee crisis, and the aftermath of the terror attacks and economic crisis. Each year the economy is discussed in Davos, security in Munich. So what would be more obvious than to discuss human rights and democratic challenges in Vienna? Every year European and global leaders should meet with civil society, experts, private sector and other actors at the Fundamental Rights Forum to discuss how to further protect and develop human rights and democratic values, and commit themselves to bring this home to make it real in their daily work.