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Dienstag, 28.03.2023


The U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision on abortion: A comparative perspective on individual rights

17:15 - 18:45 Uhr
HS F, Universität, Haupgebäude , Innrain 52, Innsbruck

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Dean M. Harris, J.D.

Associate Professor (Retired)
Department of Health Policy and Management
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil

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The US Constitution provides negative rights, but does not provide any positive rights. Thus, the US Constitution does not require government to provide services, even if a person would die without those services. Moreover, the US government has no constitutional obligation to help the poor. he negative rights in the US Constitution only protect individuals from oppression or interference by the government. Those negative rights do not impose any constitutional obligation on government to protect individuals from human rights abuses by people or groups other than the government (such as drug gangs or non-government militias).
In contrast to nations in Europe, the US is not a party to any enforceable international agreement about privacy (such as the right to respect for private and family life in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights). For many years, the US government has usually avoided agreeing to legally enforceable human rights obligations in international treaties or conventions. The US Constitution (as interpreted by the US Supreme Court) is the last resort on issues of individual rights in the US. Thus, there are no effective international mechanisms to enforce human rights in the US.


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Ganner (Institut Zivilrecht)
Ass.-Prof.in MMag.a Dr.in Caroline Voithofer (Institut für Theorie und Zukunft des Rechts)
FH-Prof. Dr. Markus Frischhut, LL.M. (Fachbereichsleitung EU-Recht am MCI)