Time(s) and Temporality of International Human Rights Law

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This one-day workshop will bring together a diverse range of scholars to reflect on critical approaches to international human rights law and temporality.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the seminal document which founded the international human rights law regime. Today’s context for rights, however, is markedly different. International human rights face increasing critique as a form of legal protection and language of emancipation. At this historic juncture, this workshop offers opportunity to take stock of this area of law and ask how critical engagement with ideas of temporality may lead to creative and innovative interventions in the present period.

To this end, the workshop poses a number of questions: How can we think about the past, present and future of international human rights law? How can we understand and make visible the diverse temporalities that exist within this area of law? How do such temporalities differ from and relate to other temporalities, such as those of state and the global economy? Do the latter marginalise human rights internationally? Can alternative ways of understanding the connection between past, present and future offer possibilities for international human rights law to be thought anew?

Participants with expertise in human rights, legal theory, and time will respond to these questions, and indeed to raise others. Alongside panel sessions, a keynote session will be delivered by Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale University).

To attend the workshop, please register here