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The Age of Human Rights Is Over

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:30

Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers; Motaz El Fegeiry, Front Line Defenders; Raquel Vazquez Llorente, European Interagency Security Forum

Can we still validate the notion from Kofi Annan in 2000, that this is the Age of Human Rights? Or do the global atrocities committed since 2000 speak otherwise? 

Some Scholars argue that Human Rights are simply a locomotive for the White Saviour Complex. Others, that the highpoint of Human Rights occurred in the end of the Cold War and opened up a window of opportunity for Human Rights advocates to push for the implementation of International Law and the creation of global courts. But was this just a brief hiatus? Why has ISIL not been held accountable for Human Rights Abuses? Why has Bashar-Al-Assad not been tried in a court of law?

Is it then safe to say that States use the term Human Rights as a way to manipulate foreign policy however they seem fit? Has the UN failed to fulfil its promise? With the scandalous US President what will happen to the Age of Human Rights? 

Chair: Rushnay Sikander 

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