Human rights

Strange encounters: Interactions between Jewish law and state law in liberal democracies

Religious practices polarise. Headscarves, religious slaughter (of livestock for consumption), and minarets have all sparked heated public debates about the limits of the right to religious freedom in liberal democracies. Islam and its relation to Western secular law features prominently in these debates, however much less attention has been paid to the experiences of Jews with the contemporary politics of religious freedom and secularism.

Bookclub: A culture of rights - law, literature, and Canada

In his new book, Benjamin Authers examines the unique rights landscape of Canada through the lens of law and literature, taking as his point of departure the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

He considers the writings of Joy Kogawa, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Jeanette Armstrong and others, alongside legal texts and key constitutional rights cases. He notes that, at present, even when rights are violated, popular insistence on Canada’s rights-driven society remains.

Big Ideas: Global business and the demand for justice - exploring the impact of non‐judicial mechanisms of redress for human rights abuse by international business enterprises

Land grabs, impoverishment and disease in the Global South caused by the activities of Northern multi-national businesses bring perennial challenges for local communities seeking justice and redress. But these businesses are now subject to human right obligations through the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, obligations that are designed not only to prevent these harms but also to provide redress where they occur. This paper will interrogate whether and how redress is being realised.

Human Rights Reading Group June 2016

The June 2016 session of the Human Rights Reading Group will take place in RegNet Level 3 Meeting Room, Wednesday 15 June, 11.00am - 12.00pm.

Following expressions of interest from the group, Christoph Sperfeldt will lead the discussion on the notion of ‘travelling concepts’ and ‘travelling models’, involving the texts below:

  • Mieke Bal: Travelling Concepts in the Humanities - Introduction (2002)

  • Behrends, Park and Rottenburg: Travelling Models (2014)

Human Rights Reading Group May 2016

The May 2016 session of the Human Rights Reading Group will take place in RegNet Level 3 Meeting Room, Wednesday 25 May, 11.00am - 12.00pm.

Emma Larking will lead the discussion on Jacque Derrida’s ‘Derelictions of the Right to Justice (But what are the ‘sans-papiers’ lacking?)’, from the book Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2001, edited, translated, and with an introduction by Elizabeth Rottenberg (Stanford University Press:2002).


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