Anglo-American University partnered with Norwich University to organize the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, which was held at AAU on March 7-8, 2019. The focus of the conference was Key Moments of the 20th Century and Their Legacy.









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The conference presented inter-disciplinary papers and presentations from undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and experts. The theme of the conference commemorated important 20th-century dates in human rights history, with anniversaries in 2019, and with a link to the Central European region. 

An important feature of this conference was an emphasis on feedback and discussion, moderated by expert chairpersons in various sessions. The conference aimed at young scholars as well as student works – both in presentations and active discussions in special sessions.

The conference included experiential learning for students in multiple ways. Special partner of the conference, Post Bellum, prepared exclusive documentary screening, exhibition and interactive screenings of memories of witnesses of the historical phenomena in question.

Another planned experiential event was a Moot Court and Mock Truth Commission for students. The Moot Court included external experts and was open for conference attendants to become a part of the audience. In Mock Truth Commission participants acted as members of „The Committee on the Remembrance of Human Rights Violations” and heard the public testimony of real individuals who were subjected to a variety of human rights violations during the communist period in Czechoslovakia.

In conjunction with the whole event, participants worked directly with art students at Norwich University and AAU in order to create memorials to those who suffered human rights violations during communism.

Click the image below to watch a video from Conference Co-Founder Peter Jan Pajas. 


You can also read the post-conference blog written by Norwich students on the NU website here:



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Daniel Kroupa – philosopher, former dissident and signatory of Charter 77, politician and university educator

Kelly Adams-Smith – Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S Embassy in Prague 

Dr. Alexandr Vondra – politician and diplomat, former dissident and signatory of Charter 77 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher – President of the International Society for Human Rights 

Other Selected Speakers 

Anglo-American University: Carollann Braum, Eva Eckert, Zuzana Fellegi, George Hays II., Lubomír Lízal,  Jiří Kašný, Nona Kubanychbek, Petr Jan Pajas, Milada Polišenská, Richard L. Smith, Hanna Ripper, Ksenia Sayfutdinova and more…

Norwich University: D’Shealyn Bullock, Rowland Brucken, Linn E. Caroleo, Michael McGinnis, Tom Lessard, Richard W. Schneider (video recording) and more…

Speakers from other institutions: Thomas K. Johnson, Belina Bedini, Patrick Vaughan, Arlinda Ymeraj, Joanna Katarzyna Ros, Přemysl Rosůlek and more…


History, Law, International Relations, Journalism, Religious Studies and Philosophy, Arts, Economics, Natural Sciences


  • Prof. Rowland Brucken, Norwich University
  • Peter Bolcha, Ph.D., Anglo-American University, Prague 


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  • Dr. Carollann Braum, Anglo-American University, Prague
  • Prof. Rowland Brucken, Norwich University
  • Alex Anisin, Ph.D., Anglo-American University, Prague
  • Prof. Michael McGinnis, Norwich University

Students, academics and experts willing to present, please read our Call for papers.   

Find Call for papers here
Find Invitation for students here
Find Instructions for authors here.  


Opening Ceremony (Thursday, March 7 2019 AM)
Czech National Bank
Senovážné náměstí 30
Prague, Czech Republic

All other sessions/events (Thursday, March 7 2019 PM and Friday, March 8 2019 all day, Saturday, March 9 2019 AM)

Anglo-American University
Letenská 5
Prague, Czech Republic