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Friday 21 April 2017 15:00 - 17:00
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book discussion

The human right to dominate
A discussion of the book by Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon

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What if human rights were used to oppress or even harm the very populations they were intended to protect? The interationally acclaimed book The human right to dominate asks just that. 

In The Human Right to Dominate, Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon challenge readers to reconsider everything that they think to know about human rights, arguing against the popular assumption that increased human rights lead to a greater degree of freedom. The book explores the subjective and politicized nature of human rights.

In order to develop this analysis, Perugini and Gordon address the Israel-Palestine conflict, demonstrating instances in which human rights can be used as a tool for oppression and illustrating the ways that human rights can be interpreted to justify colonialism, warfare, and even lethal violence against civilians.


In this book discussion, the two authors will present their work and enter into a discussion with Anja Eleveld (VU) and Maarten den Heijer (UvA). The authors are political scientists and the reviewers will critically reflect on their work from legal perspectives. The discussion will be moderated by prof. Yvonne Donders (UvA).


The Human Right to Dominate is published by Oxford University Press and has received widespread acclaim, see reviews here and here.


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