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Roundtable: Injustice, Memory, and Faith in Human Rights

A roundtable on the publication of Injustice, Memory and Faith in Human Rights with the editors - Kalliopi Chainolgou, Barry Collins, Michael Philips and John Strawson.

6.30-9pm in room US4.15 at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford E15 1NF.

This multi-disciplinary collection published by Routledge interrogates the role of human rights in addressing past injustices. It grew out of a workshop organized by the CHRC in June 2013 to discuss human rights and historical memory inspired by the Spanish law on historical memory, organized by Barry Collins.

The volume draws on legal scholars, political scientists, anthropologists and political philosophers grappling with the weight of the memory of historical injustices arising from conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. It examines the role of human rights as legal doctrine, rhetoric and policy as developed by states, international organizations, regional groups and non-governmental bodies. The authors question whether faith in human rights is justified as balm to heal past injustice or whether such faith nourishes both victimhood and self-justification.

These issues are explored through three discrete sections: moments of memory and injustice, addressing injustice; and questions of faith. In each of these sections, authors address the manner in which memory of past conflicts and injustice haunt our contemporary understanding of human rights. The volume questions whether the expectation that human rights law can deal with past injustice has undermined the development of an emancipatory politics of human rights for our current world.

This roundtable is organised by UEL's Centre on Human Rights in Conflict

If you wish to attend please email the Centre director, Professor Chandra Siriam


Wednesday, 29 November 2017