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"Saving Human Rights from Human Rights Law”

16.07.2018 | 18:00 - 20:00

Keynote Lecture by John Tasioulas (King’s College London) for the HR-UP Summer School 2018

The Joint Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program "Human Rights under Pressure - Ethics, Law, and Politics" takes great pleasure in inviting you to this year’s public keynote lecture for the summer school 2018 by Professor John Tasioulas, King’s College London, on "Saving Human Rights from Human Rights Law”.

It is widely accepted that human rights law and morality currently face serious external challenges e.g. untamed economic globalisation, the spread of authoritarianism, and the rise of populism. Without denying the problems posed by these pressures, the lecture considers ways in which the idea of human rights has been undermined from "within" by its avowed proponents. In particular, Tasioulas will focus on how international rights law, when uninformed by a sound account of human rights morality, can lose its way, with self-defeating consequences. In order to save the idea of human rights, it is necessary also attend to these internal deformations.


Professor John Tasioulas joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in September 2014 as the inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law. He has degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was previously a Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow and Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he taught from 1998-2010. His most recent appointment was as Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.

After the lecture, there will be a wine and pretzel reception.

Zeit & Ort

16.07.2018 | 18:00 - 20:00

Senatssaal, Henry-Ford-Bau der Freie Universität Berlin, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin