"Human rights - so 90s?" by Prof Martti Koskenniemi

Past Event

04 March 2014, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This lecture is hosted by the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations

Speaker: Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Centennial Professor at LSE; Academy Professor, University of Helsinki; and Director, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights

Summary: The presentation will examine the raise and fall of human rights as a legal-political idiom. From a powerful claim to to protection, resources and participation, they seem to have turned into a bureaucratic vocabulary available for defending whatever interests or preferences a speaker wants to defend. But they may still have strategic uses in some institutional contexts.