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By Jaya Ramji-Nogales

Debating Human Rights History

In 2010, Samuel Moyn published “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History“, a book that provoked its readers to critically engage with questions about when human rights emerged as an agenda on the international political scene.  Moyn’s suggestion that this was a strikingly recent development (dating to 1977) raised deeper questions about the politics underlying human rights and its successes in displacing alternate utopian visions.  Last year, Moyn published a book review of Jenny Martinez‘s “The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law” and Kathryn Sikkink‘s “The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics“, criticizing both books for insufficiently acknowledging the limitations of international human rights law as an avenue for social and political reform.

This month’s Harvard Law Review [...]

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Debating Human Rights History

In 2010, Samuel Moyn published “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History“, a book that provoked its readers to critically engage with questions about when human rights emerged as an agenda on the international political scene.  Moyn’s suggestion that this was a strikingly recent development (dating to 1977) raised deeper questions about the politics underlying […]

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Introducing Sari Long

Sari Long is a third year law student at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. A proud Minnesota native, Sari graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies and from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Management. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan and has worked […]

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The ILC on the Expulsion of Aliens

At work on a new article discussing the failures of international human rights law to adequately protect undocumented migrants, I was delighted to learn that the United Nations International Law Commission has been at work for nearly ten years on draft articles relating to the expulsion of aliens.   Provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee in […]

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