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Human Rights Book Talk: Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105
Feb 13
Thursday, February 13th, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

Speakers:

  • Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; author of Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach
  • Elsa Stamatopoulou, Former Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Director, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • Inga Winkler, Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

Moderator: Lori Damrosch, Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia Law School.

The development of human rights norms is one of the most significant achievements in international relations and law since 1945, but the continuing influence of human rights is increasingly being questioned by authoritarian governments, nationalists, and pundits. Unfortunately, the proliferation of new rights, linking rights to other issues such as international crimes or the activities of business, and attempting to address every social problem from a human rights perspective risk undermining their credibility, argues Hurst Hannum in Rescuing Human Rights. Hannum calls for understanding 'human rights' as international human rights law and maintaining the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change.

Join us for a conversation and debate about this idea and the potential and limits of international human rights law in securing human rights for all. The author will be joined in conversation by Elsa Stamatopoulou and Inga Winkler, two leaders in the international human rights field in the areas of cultural rights and the rights of indigenous peoples, the right to water, and education about human rights. The panel will be moderated by Lori Damrosch, Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia Law School.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR), and Rightslink.

All are welcome and lunch will be provided.