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.