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Human Rights after Darwin: is a general theory of human rights now possible?

Centre for the Study of Human Rights alumni lecture

Date: Thursday 7 May 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Conor Gearty
Chair: Dr Sigrid Rausing

Conor Gearty speculates about the ongoing search for truth in human rights and reflects on his seven years as director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE.

The holy grail of human rights is a universal theory, some overarching set of foundations that explains why it is right as well as morally pleasing to promote human rights across the world. The search for this kind of truth has been hindered by the century-old divide between science and the humanities that has isolated specialists in their particular disciplinary fields, depriving scholars of access to progress that is being made elsewhere. With advances in evolutionary biology and the neurological sciences, that divide is now breaking down. The more recent addiction to uncertainty as the only possible truth is fading too, a victim of our intuition that good and evil have a meaning beyond our mere agreement to use these words in a certain way. As the mists caused by these old divisions clear, a universal theory of human rights, rooted in truth, is emerging into view. Is the golden age of human rights not past, but just around the corner?

Conor Gearty is professor of human rights law, a barrister and director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

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