The Rise of Populism and the Future of Human Rights
Free Public Lecture
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.
Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Professor Philip Alston
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
**Professor Philip Alston** was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2014 as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. His mandate is to identify approaches for removing all obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights for people living in extreme poverty. He has occupied many senior roles within the UN including Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals, and chairperson and rapporteur of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. He has taught at the European University Institute, the Australian National University, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is widely regarded as one of the world's leading human rights lawyers.