Speaking Rights: The Ethos of Human Rights and the Crisis of Cosmopolitanism

On March 28, 2018 The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace invited Professor Alison Brysk to give a lecture on Speaking Rights: The Ethos of Human Rights and the Crisis of Cosmopolitanism as part of The Ethical Foundations of Human Rights Conference at the University of Maryland.

More information about the The Ethical Foundations of Human Rights Conference are available at: http://www.bahaichair.umd.edu/hrconference

“Why Rights Are Right: The Politics of Persuasion”

Human rights are both beloved and beleaguered in the 21st century, and we struggle to justify their principles, ethos, and institutions.  The global rights regime and worldwide movement have grown through a politics of persuasion including a range of appeals to altruism, identity, cosmopolitan world order, and interdependence.  We will explore the trajectory and prospects of these strategies of “speaking rights to power” in a troubled world.