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DDRO 1990A - Human Rights as a response to Global Challenges: One-Size-fits-all?

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The human rights discourse is increasingly used by a variety of actors in the international arena. This course examines human rights' potential to provide adequate responses to global challenges, ranging from the protection of refugees, to climate change, to the so-called ‘global war on terror'. Having identified the promises and limits of human rights in addressing these global challenges, this course will question the role of human rights as the contemporary lingua franca. Can this seemingly universal discourse accommodate alternative understandings of specific rights? If we make a step back, what does it mean to articulate claims using the human rights vocabulary? What is the impact on other vocabularies claiming a potential for emancipation?


PANTAZOPOULOS, Stavros (Teaching Fellow)