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The dark side of human rights

Human rights may receive universal lip service, but do not merit uncritical admiration. Rather we need to ask whether and how human rights claims might be justified, what the supposed justifications assume, and what else they may bring in their wake.

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, University of Cambridge, will speak on The Dark Side of Human Rights on Thursday 14 October at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

She will consider whether human rights are best anchored in international law and conventions or in accounts of human needs, of the good, or of agency and obligations? Or do they simply reflect an overlapping consensus? How do these starting points limit the claims that we can plausibly make about human rights?

Dr Onora O'Neill is principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

Professor Chris Brown, LSE, will chair this lecture.

The Dark Side of Human Rights is on Thursday 14 October at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

7 October 2004