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The Uses and Abuses of Human Rights

A series of Debates interrogates the balance sheet of our attachment to rights and reviews their moral worth.

In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human rights was proclaimed. For most of its life, that declaration was rhetorical, the province of letter-writing groups and aid organisations, and only recently considered as a framework for positive humanitarian law. But after the war in Iraq- both justified and opposed on the basis of human rights - is it time to rethink our commitment to the idea of human rights? Are human rights really sacred, or have they become the fig leaf of manipulation by different political agendas?
Speakers: Phillipe Sands QC, Professor of Laws at University College London and author of Lawless World
Connor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE
Kirsten Sellars author of the Rise and Rise of Human rights
Participating Chair: Mark Almond, Lecturer in Modern History, Oriel College Oxford


Professor Phillipe Sands QC | talks
Professor Conor Gearty | talks | www
Author Kirsten Sellars | talks
Mark Almond | talks


Date and Time:

17 May 2005 at 6:45 pm





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