The Rise of Populism and the Future of Human Rights

Free Public Lecture

The Rise of Populism and the Future of Human Rights

The David P Derham Lecture Theatre, Level One
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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The human rights movement is reeling and the worst is yet to come. Populists have come to power in key countries promoting an agenda thatis avowedly nationalistic, xenophobic and retrograde. The space for civil society has been closed down in many countries. The International Criminal Court is under concerted attack as states withdraw and ‘unsign’. Regional and UN institutions are under increasing pressure.

This lecture suggests what can be done in response to this onslaught of negative developments. ‘Business as usual’ is not one of the options. Intensive self-reflection, innovative thinking and creative strategising will be required.

Professor Philip Alston is the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

Presenter

  • Professor Philip Alston
    Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights