Global Governance Institute


34: Rhoda Howard-Hassmann – In Defense of Universal Human Rights

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann joins us to talk about the universality of human rights, women’s rights, citizenship apartheid, cultural relativism, and much, much more.

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann
Dr Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science and the School of International Policy and Governance (Balsillie School of International Affairs), Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.  A sociologist by training, Professor Howard-Hassmann is widely recognised as a leading interdisciplinary scholar in the field of human rights, named in 2006 the first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association and in 2014 a Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights by the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association.


In this conversation we talk about:

  • The universality of human rights
  • Women’s rights
  • Citizenship apartheid
  • Cultural relativism
  • The limits of philosophy, and much, much more.

Rhoda can be found here.

 She blogs at Rights & Rightlessness: Rhoda Hassmann on Human Rights.

We discussed:

2018. In Defense of Universal Human Rights. 

2021. ‘A new hope for human rights.’ Journal of Human Rights.

2021. ‘Human Rights: What Does the Future Hold?’ (by Daniel Braaten). International Studies Review.

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