Human Rights Lunch Talk: Navigating Human Rights Critiques: Lessons from South Africa

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107
Feb 07
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107

Speakers: Jackie Dugard, Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand; Ben Hoffman, Acting Director, HRI Clinic

Human rights advocates have at times been critiqued for discounting or even undermining rights-holders’ efforts to promote change, constructing rights-holders as merely “victims” and adopting a “savior” mentality. Such practices risk increasing the marginalization and victimization of rights-holders, and at times can even recreate structural barriers to empowerment. But how have advocates responded to this critique in their practice? What have been some of the most difficult challenges to implementing a more critically-responsive form of practice, and how have advocates addressed those challenges? This event will address those question, drawing upon the efforts of a group of advocates and rights holders using strategic litigation to advance socio-economic rights in South Africa.

This event is open to the public. Lunch will be provided. 

The event is co-sponsored by ISHR. Rightslink, and the Human Rights Law Review.