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Are Human Rights Universal? – Ethics & Politics Discussion

28th September 2015 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Are Human Rights Universal? – Ethics & Politics Discussion

Many have argued that when the West talks about human rights then it is their concept of human rights they want to make universal. And when the Prime Minister talks about human rights he wants a British Human Rights Bill, thus suggesting that there is a British dimension to human rights. So how universal is it?

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Speaking at this meeting will be:

Stephen Bowen is Director of the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Queen Mary, University of London. Stephen has 25 years experience as an international human rights practitioner, and has held a number of senior appointments with international human Rights NGOs and the United Nations, including: Campaigns Director of Amnesty International UK; Chief Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Dr Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Reader in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights, both as a scholar and human rights advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects and environmental human rights.  Dr Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nation’s ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and an academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. He is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights (Taylor and Francis) and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth (University of London) and convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group and an active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars.

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