How did the European Union become known as a "community of values" based above all on respect for human rights? The Treaty on European Union acknowledges "the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law." How can these values be at once universal and distinctly European? Do they reflect a secular or Christian worldview? This talk examines these questions through a closer look at key moments in the cultural and political history of the European international order from the outset of the twentieth century.
Marco Duranti is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and International History at the University of Sydney. His research investigates the origins of international law and international organizations, above all in the areas of human rights and European integration. His recent book, "The Conservative Human Rights Revolution" (Oxford University Press, 2017), is a history of the conservative origins of the European Court of Human Rights.
Nov 08, 2018 | 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Freie Universität Berlin,