“The Conservative Invention of Human Rights and the European Project”

“The Conservative Invention of Human Rights and the European Project”
25 Oct 2017, 17:30 to 25 Oct 2017, 19:30
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Marco Duranti , University of Sydney

Discussant: Dr. Mira Siegelberg (QMUL)

The presenter will discuss his recently released book, The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention(Oxford University Press, 2017). The Conservative Human Rights Revolution radically reinterprets the origins of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, arguing that its conservative inventors envisioned the treaty not only as an instrument to contain communism and fascism in continental Europe, but also a means of pursuing a controversial political agenda on both sides of the Channel. Just as the Supreme Court of the United States had sought to overturn Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, a European Court on Human Rights was meant to constrain the ability of democratically elected governments to implement left-wing policies that conservatives believed violated their basic liberties.Conservatives proponents of European unity, foremost among them Winston Churchill, evoked human rights in the hopes of reviving a nostalgic Christian vision of European values. Revisiting the history of international law and internationalism over the first half of the twentieth century, The Conservative Human Rights Revolution explores the ethical foundations of European integration and sheds new light on the crisis besetting the European Union today.


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