UCL Faculty of Laws


In-person | Symposium on Matthias Mahlmann's book Mind and Rights

31 October 2023, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

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This event is organised by the UCL Institute for Human Rights

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Keeton Room
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

Symposium on Matthias Mahlmann's book Mind and Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

About the symposium 

Mind and Rights combines historical, philosophical, and legal perspectives with research from psychology and the cognitive sciences to probe the justification of human rights in ethics, politics and law. Chapters critically examine the growth of the human rights culture, its roots in history and current human rights theories. They engage with the so-called cognitive revolution and investigate the relationship between human cognition and human rights to determine how insights gained from modern theories of the mind can deepen our understanding of the foundations of human rights. Mind and Rights argues that the pursuit of the human rights idea, with its achievements and tragic failures, is key to understand what kind of beings humans are. Amidst ongoing debate on the universality and legitimacy of human rights, this book provides a uniquely comprehensive analysis of great practical and political importance for a culture of legal justice undergirded by rights. 

The participants

Professor Matthias Mahlmann (University of Zurich)
Dr Sarah Fisher (UCL, Department of Political Science)
Dr Oliver Gerstenberg (UCL, Faculty of Laws)
Professor George Letsas (UCL, Faculty of Laws)
Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL, Department of Political Science)
Dr Ewan Smith (UCL, Faculty of Laws)
Dr Silvia Suteu (UCL, Faculty of Laws)

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