Public Lecture

Human Rights - so 90s?    

Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki

This public lecture examined the triumph of human rights as a legal-political idiom during the 1990s, and asked what has become of them today. The lecture was hosted by the Laureate Research Program in International Law, the Global Law Students Association, and the Melbourne Journal of International Law.

Martti Koskenniemi is Academy Professor of International Law and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, and a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School. He was a member of the Finnish diplomatic service from 1978-1994 and of the International Law Commission (UN) from 2002-2006. His major publications include From Apology to Utopia; The Structure of International Legal Argument (1989/2005), The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 (2001) and The Politics of International Law (2011). He is currently working on a history of international legal thought from the late medieval period to the 19th century.

Chair: Anne Orford (Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at Melbourne Law School)