The Challenge of Human Rights Advocacy

1st December 2016

Francesca Klug (LSE) noted that it not a time for human rights advocates to despair but to be crystal clear.

She argues that at the end of the Cold War, UK human rights advocates turned the lens on domestic laws and policies and this is when the backlash began. It has resulted in a divergence between civil liberty campaigns and human rights.By focusing on the protection of minorities and relying too heavily on legal frameworks human rights advocates are often isolated and human rights become vulnerable.

She advocates for a return to strong normative arguments that forcefully and persuasively demonstrate the value and importance of legal protection of human rights.

A recording of the event can be found here.