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Against the background of the broader history of the idea of human rights, this lecture investigates when and why the contemporary field of "global justice" in philosophy and political theory was invented. Returning to the engagement of American liberals with the decolonization process in the 1970s, in the aftermath of the Vietnam war and even as more powerful tendencies were about to bring the welfarist ideal of the postwar era low, this lecture presents contemporary "cosmopolitanism" as a response to a forgotten revolt of the global south against the prevailing economic order of our age.

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Date 22 September 2014
Time 15:00 - 17:00

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Harvard University. He earned a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2001. He returned to HLS after thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited several others. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective.

Moyn's homepage at Columbia University


Nina van Leerzaal

Oude Turfmarkt 129

1012 GC Amsterdam

Research colloquium, organised by the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (Law), the Political Theory Section (Political Science) and the Philosophy and Public Affairs Capacity Group (Philosophy).

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.