Human Rights Knowledges: a pluralist and legal realist view

Hosted by The LSE Human Rights and Department of Sociology

NAB.2.04, New Academic Building


Professor Richard A. Wilson

Professor Richard A. Wilson


Dr Monika Krause

Dr Monika Krause

In this lecture Professor Richard Ashby Wilson reflects on how new developments in law and technology can be combined in the theoretical paradigm of legal realism. 

In a context of epistemological pluralism, a tension exists between legal and policy frameworks and social movements approaches to understanding human rights violations. In this lecture, Professor Wilson argues that we should not overdraw this distinction, since victims’ narratives feature in international criminal trials, and legal doctrine shapes social movement activism. Drawing on an analysis of new developments in law and technology, and specifically the regulation of hate speech on social media, he shows how scientific and legal approaches can be constructively combined in the theoretical paradigm of new legal realism.

This event precedes a full day workshop on ‘The Knowledge of Human Rights’ where Professor Wilson will also be speaking. More information can be found here.

Professor Richard Ashby Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at UConn School of Law, and founding director of the Human Rights Institute at UConn. 

Dr Monika Krause is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of LSE Human Rights.

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