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Invitation: Public Lecture | Is the age of human rights over?

Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Hatfield Campus)
12/02/2018
17:30 to 19:30
There is no doubt that human rights has been the most powerful political-moral idea of the last 100 years. But in the last two decades, the human rights idiom has suffered fatigue, some argue fatally.

Invitation: Public Lecture - Is the age of human rights over?

Date: Monday 12 February 2018
Time: 17:30 – 19:00 
Venue: Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Hatfield Campus) 
RSVP: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE 
RSVP deadline: 9 February 2018 at 12:00 (RSVP essential) 


Background : Lecture 

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a public lecture by distinguished critical legal scholar, Professor Makau Mutua. 

There is no doubt that human rights has been the most powerful political-moral idea of the last 100 years. But in the last two decades, the human rights idiom has suffered fatigue, some argue fatally. If so – and this is arguable – what could, or has, replaced human rights? Should we declare the death of human rights? 


Background : Professor Makau Matua

Professor Makau Mutua is a distinguished Professor at the Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at the State University of New York Buffalo Law Scool. He has served as dean for seven years, 2008-2014. He lectures International Human Rights, International Business Transactions and International Law. Prof Mutua is a vice-president of the American Society of International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

In 2002-2003, while on sabbatical in Kenya, Prof Mutua chaired the task force on the establishment of a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, which recommended a truth commission for Kenya. He also was a delegate to the National Constitutional Conference, which produced a contested draft constitution for Kenya. 

Prof Mutua is the author of several books, including Kenya’s Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan (2008), Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Political and Normative Tensions (2008) and Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique (2002). He has written numerous scholarly articles as well as articles for popular publications such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Washington Post

He has conducted numerous human rights, diplomatic and rule of law missions to countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe. 


 


Contact: Prof Magnus Killander | Email: [email protected] | Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 5407