Department of Political Science


Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Saladin looks into the camera and smiles
Associate Professor in Human Rights and Political Philosophy
Room: 2.03, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Tel: 020 7679 4947 
Email: s.meckled-garcia@ucl.ac.uk



I obtained my undergraduate degree in Philosophy from King’s College, London, before graduating with a Doctorate in Political Philosophy from UCL. I took up a Special Fellowship in Philosophy at UCL, giving a series of inter-collegiate lectures on the philosophy of the young Marx, before becoming a Junior Research Fellow at Birmingham University, and then a Rubin Senior Research Fellow in Human Rights at the UCL School of Public Policy. I joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at UCL in 2003 as a Lecturer (now Associate Professor) in Human Rights and Political Philosophy.

I founded the Human Rights programme at the UCL School of Public Policy, having designed and launched the MA in Human Rights in 2003. I am also co-founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights.

I have been on the editorial board of Imprints: Journal of Egalitarian Theory and Policy, an associate editor for Res Publica, and a referee for a variety of journals (including Political Studies, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, The Philosophical Quarterly, Review of International Studies, and The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Moral Theory and Practice).

More recently, I co-founded the first UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network, with colleagues from Argentina and Mexico (and a growing number of scholars from other Latin American countries). This has been made possible by the award of a British Academy International Partnership Grant.


My research focuses on finding the links between adopting different ethical theories and the upshots that this has for what we do in practice. I focus on the ethical fields of human rights, justice, and international justice, and on key concepts in those fields, such as responsibility, duty, rights, complicity, liability, and practical reasons. I am particularly interested in tracing the values that might motivate us to adopt different accounts of those components, and what this means in practice.


Journal articles
Book chapters
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2015) ‘Specifying Human Rights’, in R. Cruft, S. M. Liao and M. Renzo (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 300–315.
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2013) ‘Is There Really a “Global Human Rights Deficit”? Consequentialist Liability and Cosmopolitan Alternatives’, in G. Brock (ed.) Cosmopolitanism Versus Non-cosmopolitanism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 111–128.
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2009) ‘Global Justice and Human Rights’, in D. P. Forsyth (ed.) Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Open University Press.
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2009) ‘Global Justice and International Law’, in B. Cali (ed.) International Law for International Relations. Open University Press.
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2009) ‘How Not to Think about Human Rights and (Global) Justice’ (in Spanish), in M. G. Leclercq and J. Montero (eds.) Human Rights, Democracy and Deliberation in a Transnational World (Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Deliberacion en un Mundo Transnacional), Buenos Aires: Prometeo.
  • Meckled-Garcia S. and Cali, B. (2005) ‘Lost in Translation: The Human Rights Ideal and International Human Rights Law’, in S. Meckled-Garcia and B. Cali (eds.) The Legalization of Human Rights: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights and Human Rights Law. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Meckled-Garcia, S. (2004) ‘Toleration and Neutrality: Saving an Unhappy Marriage?’ (a reply to Peter Jones’ critique of my original paper: ‘Toleration and Neutrality: Incompatible Ideals?’), in D. Castiglione and C. McKinnon (eds.) Toleration, Neutrality and Democracy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.


I teach the Master’s modules: ‘Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights’ (PUBL0018); ‘Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills’ (PUBL0057); and ‘The Ethics of Poverty’ (PUBL00513).

I have supervised a number of doctoral students who have gone on to obtain academic positions at leading universities around the globe.

Areas in which I would be interested in supervising doctoral research projects are: human rights theory; rights theory; international justice theory; international legal theory; theories of political responsibility; perfect and imperfect duties in political theory; theories of justice; Dworkin and interpretation; theory/normative methodology; and political neutrality.