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Human Rights and Empire

5th March 2008

This event, held in partnership with Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, engages two distinctive thinkers with the crucial issue of the relationship of human rights to empire. They will address critically the legacy and contemporary role of human rights as a source of moral authority by confronting the following questions: What is the relationship between the liberal discourse of human rights, race and empire? Is there a relationship between human rights and the recent (imperial?) wars carried out in their name? Who counts as 'human' within the moral grammar of human rights? Can human rights provide the robust normative and institutional tools of resistance to oppression and domination? Or do they merely provide the ideological underpinnings of the political, economic and military interests of new modes of empire?

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
Paul Gilroy is the first holder of the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at LSE.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or pre-registration required.

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