Human Rights

Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations

What are we doing? 
We are designing a new framework for human rights to deal with the unprecedented and unpredictable factors affecting the welfare of future generations.

Why is it important? 
Challenges such as poverty, environmental change and armed conflict require international cooperation on an unprecedented scale. Our actions on these issues will affect the welfare of future generations and those who do not have a voice. Yet there are serious questions regarding the adequacy of existing frameworks to face these challenges. This project aims to advance a new framework built on ethical, legal and political dimensions that will help translate theory into real legal and policy solutions on these issues.

How are we different? 
We have formed a unique collaboration of experts in law, politics and ethics to consider the ways in which ethical dilemmas can be translated into real legal and policy solutions. Our approach goes beyond the status quo to incorporate a systematic analysis of policies in which justice and human rights demand certain allocations of resources, especially considering demographic and geographical change in global populations. The project will cross boundaries, not just disciplinary but also among different stakeholders, by facilitating a dialogue between academics and those who are more practically and politically engaged.

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Dapo Akande

Dapo Akande

Associate Professor of Public International Law
Simon Caney

Professor Simon Caney

Professor in Political Theory
Sandra Fredman

Professor Sandra Fredman

Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States

Principal Investigators

Hilary Greaves

Dr Hilary Greaves

Associate Professor in Philosophy
Liora Lazarus

Dr Liora Lazarus

University Lecturer in Law
Jennifer Welsh

Professor Jennifer Welsh

Professor of International Relations


Jaakko Kuosmanen

Dr Jaakko Kuosmanen

Programme Coordinator
David Rodin

Dr David Rodin

Co-Director, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
Dominic Roser

Dr Dominic Roser

Research Fellow


Adam Swift

Dr Adam Swift

Professor of Political Theory, Warwick University