UCL Faculty of Laws


The Heart of Human Rights: A workshop on Allen Buchanan’s latest book

03 June 2015, 2:00 pm–4:45 pm

Heart of Human Rights

Event Information

Open to



UCL Institute for Human Rights and the UCL Legal Philosophy Forum


UCL Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG


  • Allen Buchanan (Duke University)
  • Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL School of Public Policy)
  • Tom Dannenbaum  (UCL School of Public Policy)
  • George Letsas (UCL Laws)
  • Jeff King (UCL Laws)
  • Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws)
  • Colm O’Cinneide (UCL Laws)


  • Panel 1: Justifying Human Rights: Methodological Issues and the Role of Legal Practice
  • Panel 2: International Human Rights: Legitimacy, Supremacy and Ethical Pluralism

About the author and the workshop

Allen Buchanan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, and is a leading philosopher on a broad range of topics in international law, morality, and human rights. He is the author of eleven books and over one hundred-fifty articles.

He currently divides his time between Duke University, King’s College London, and the University of Arizona.

The workshop is on Buchanan’s latest book, The Heart of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2013). The book explores international human rights law, the plurality of considerations that may justify international legal human rights, and the legitimacy of the institutions responsible for their creation and development.