What's Left of Rights? Freeman Seminar Featuring Christopher Roberts

Rights scholars and historians often study the explosive, episodic historical moments when a new rights paradigm emerges. But what happens before a particular right or set of rights is enshrined in law?

What happens before a particular right is even imagined as a possible rallying cry for individuals and social movement actors? What comes before rights? In this talk, Professor Christopher Roberts draws upon history to suggest that today we are overlooking some of the most serious attacks on rights because so many present-day challenges are not simply attacks on rights, per se, but have expanded outwards to attacks on the preconditions for having rights in the first place.

Christopher N.J. Roberts is an associate professor of law and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He brings an interdisciplinary law, sociology, and public policy perspective to human rights, international law, and legal history. Read his full bio >

Hosted by the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

October 16, 2019
12:45 PM to 2:00 PM
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455