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Are human rights anything more than legal conventions? By Professor John Tasioulas

Posted on 13/04/2017
Professor John Tasioulas, Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law.
 

Professor John Tasioulas the director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law has recently published an article in digital magazine Aeon. 

The article discusses whether Human Rights are independent of the law. In his article Professor Tasioulas highlights the imperfections of the Law, 'Laws are the creations of fallible human beings. They might be good or bad, and so are always subject to interpretation and criticism in terms of independent moral principles. The international law of human rights, on this view, does not establish which human rights exist; instead, its goal is to implement moral rights we already possess, simply by virtue of our humanity.'

Professor Tasioulas joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in September, 2014 as the inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law. He has degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Please read the full article published here: 'Are human rights anything more than legal conventions?'

Professor Tasioulas is currently working on his latest book, 'Human Rights: From Morality to Law' (forthcoming, OUP). 

Aeon is a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. 

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