Hybrid Lecture: Rights, Virtues and Humanity: Re-thinking the Ethics of Human Rights

Monday 4 December 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm GMT, online/London, UK


Speaker: Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Have human rights lost their power as an ethical discourse?

For the past twenty years the idea of human rights as an absolute and universal ethical standard has been subject to a barrage of criticism. Critiques have come from all philosophical and political directions, including communitarian, pragmatist, poststructuralist and decolonial. In this lecture, Kimberly Hutchings will explore the critical landscape of human rights thinking today and how we might re-think the concept of human rights in ways that will sustain its power as an ethical discourse into the future.

Meet our speaker and chair

Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of Politics and IR at QMUL. Her research interests encompass international political and ethical theory, feminist and critical philosophy. Her publications include Kant, Critique and Politics (1996), International Political Theory (1998), Hegel and Feminist Philosophy (2003); Time and World Politics (2008); Global Ethics: an introduction (2nd edition, 2018); Violence and Political Theory (with Elizabeth Frazer, 2020); Women’s International Thought: towards a new canon (Co-Editor with Patricia Owens, Katharina Rietzler and Sarah Dunstan, 2022). She was awarded the inaugural British International Studies prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession in 2015 and the Political Studies Association Isaiah Berlin prize for an outstanding lifetime professional contribution to Political Studies in 2023.

Ayça Çubukçu (@ayca_cu) is Associate Professor in Human Rights and Co-Director of LSE Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before LSE, Dr. Çubukçu was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, and taught for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. In 2020, she was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Fung Global Fellows program at Princeton University.

More about this event

This event will be available to watch on LSE Live. LSE Live is the new home for our live streams, allowing you to tune in and join the global debate at LSE, wherever you are in the world. If you can’t attend live, a video will be made available shortly afterwards on LSE’s YouTube channel.

LSE Human Rights (@LSEHumanRights) is a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence for international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on human rights.


Find more information and book your free place here: https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/2023/12/202312041830/rights

This event will take place online and at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK

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