What are human rights?
Key human rights documents such as the Universal Declaration seem to reflect indisputably good aspirations shared by many peoples. Then why are so many human rights violations so common in our world? To truly understand what human rights are it is not enough to study them historically and in the abstract. We need to see how rights discourse works in the world today. Crucially, this project takes a critical approach to human rights, testing and critiquing the idea of human rights even as we acknowledge their immense value.