"Saving Human Rights from Human Rights Law”
Keynote Lecture by Prof. John Tasioulas (King's College London), July 16, 2018
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.
Professor Tasioulas is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and a member of the Academia Europaea. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Melbourne, and has acted as a consultant on human rights to the World Bank. He has delivered the 'Or 'Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School (2011), the Natural Law Lecture at Notre Dame Law School (2012), the Van Hasselt Lecture at TU Delft (2016) and the inaugural Human Rights Lecture at the University of São Paulo . He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Jurisprudence, the American Society of International Law Studies in International Legal Theory, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Moral Philosophy and Politics.