The Crisis of Human Rights

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project critically interrogates the claim that there is a contemporary ‘crisis’ of human rights. Under threat both from right-wing authoritarians and xenophobic populists and from left-wing critics of their neoliberal politics and apologetics for militarised humanitarian intervention, proponents of HR face a reckoning with our troubled political times. What is the fate of human rights in the era of populist insurgencies, neoliberal austerity and endless global war? Using the tools of critical theory, the project will examine scholarly and public critiques of human rights, asking whether existing HR movements, organisations and norms are sufficiently robust to respond to them.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have a recognised Master’s degree (including a substantial research component) with a minimum distinction average (75%), or a recognised 4 year Bachelor degree with Honours Class II, Division (I) that includes a substantial research component, or the equivalent to secure entry into the program.
Furthermore, it is desirable that the candidate have a background in critical legal studies, critical theory or philosophy. The project is theoretical in nature and the candidate must have the capacity to undertake independent research in these fields. It is preferred that the candidate also hold a law degree but it is not essential.
Supervisory team
Ben
Golder

Law
Law
Jessica
Whyte

Arts & Social Sciences
Humanities and Languages
Daniel
McLoughlin

Law
Law
b.golder@unsw.edu.au