Department of Political Science


Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights and Associate Professor in Human Rights and Political Theory

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Dr. Meckled-Garcia is the founder of the Human Rights programme at the School of Public Policy (Department of Political Science), having designed and launched the MA in Human Rights in 2003. He is also co-founder and Director of the new UCL Institute for Human Rights.

His research focuses on the ethical foundations of human rights, and on theories of international justice. This work emphasises the link between adopting specific theories of human rights, justice and criminal liability, and clear practical/policy consequences.

Dr. Meckled-Garcia has organised a number of symposia on important human rights topics, including: 'The Idea of Human Rights and Foreign Policy', 'Human Rights, Religion and Law', 'Interpretivism and International Law', 'Forced Evictions and the Human Rights to Land', and 'Prospects for an Economic and Social Human Rights Country Dataset.' He is part of the AHRC network on: 'Instituionalising Values: Beyond Human Rights?'.

Currently Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, and an Associate Professor in Human Rights and Political Theory, he has been a Rubin Senior Research Fellow in Human Rights, a Junior Research Fellow (Birmingham, Philosophy), and a Special Fellow in Philosophy (UCL, Philosophy dept.) where he gave a series of intercollegiate lectures on the political and moral philosophy of the young Marx. He has 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 (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).

More recently, Dr. Meckled-Garcia has co-founded the first UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network, together 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.

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Current work on human rights responsibility

  • 'What is the outcomes view? Contemporary consequentialist theories of human rights'
  • 'Human rights or social justice? Rescuing human rights from the outcomes view'
  • 'Two (new) types of responsibility: contribution responsibility and agency responsibility'
  • 'Three (new) arguments against intuitionism...but where does that leave us?'
  • 'What is the role of imperfect duties in a moral theory?'
  • 'How to think about the problem of non-state actors'.

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Dr. Meckled-Garcia offers consultation on human rights standards and standard setting, educational initiatives, and research project design.

He has in the past advised NGO's on research project design, human rights institutes on project aims and focus, educational groups on human rights education programmes, and other university departments on human rights degree curriculum content.

Consultation is free to NGOs and the public sector, depending on the type of project.

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Live Publications Database


  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'Do Transnational Economic Effects Violate Human Rights?', Journal of Ethics and Global Politics, Sept. 2009
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'Global Justice and Human Rights', (5000 word article), in David P. Forsyth, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights, OUP, July 2009
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'Global Justice and International Law', in B. Cali ed., International Law for International Relations, OUP, 2009
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'How not to think about human rights and (global) justice' (in Spanish), Mariano Garreta Leclercq and Julio Montero (eds.), Human Rights, Democracy and Deliberation in a Transnational World (Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Deliberacion en un Mundo Transnacional), Buenos Aires: Prometeo, 2009
  • S. Meckled-Garcia and B. Cali, 'Lost in Translation: the Human Rights Ideal and International Human Rights Law', in Meckled-Garcia and Cali, eds., The Legalisation of Human Rights, 2005
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'Neo-Positivism About Rights: What's wrong with rights as enforceable claims', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, CV(1), 2004
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'International Neutrality and Human Rights', Res Publica, 10(2) 2004
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, 'Toleration and Neutrality: saving an unhappy marriage?' (A Reply To Peter Jones' critique of my original paper: 'Toleration and Neutrality: Incompatible Ideals?') in Toleration, Neutrality and Democracy, Dario Castiglione and Catriona McKinnon, eds., Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, "Toleration and Neutrality: Incompatible Ideals?", Toleration, A Special Issue of Res Publica, 7(3), 2001 . Re-printed in Toleration, Neutrality and Democracy, Dario Castiglione and Catriona McKinnon, eds., (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, December 2003)
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, "International Justice, Human Rights and Security after 11th September," Imprints, 6 (2),2002
  • S. Meckled-Garcia, "Why Work Harder? Equality, Social Duty and the Market", Political Studies, September 2002.

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Supervision Themes

Please note: Dr. Meckled-Garcia's research and expertise is principally in the sphere of political philosophy/legal theory. Within that he is willing to supervise a wide range of topics, including projects in:

  • human rights theory;
  • international justice theory/global ethics;
  • legal theory and legal interpretation;
  • international legal theory;
  • theories of toleration and neutrality;
  • religion, accommodation and liberal neutrality (philosophical theories and principles);
  • accounts of political and legal obligation;
  • judicial review, constitutionalism and democratic values; social distributive justice theory;
  • development theory (philosophical foundations);
  • accounts of legal differentiation;
  • penal justice theory;
  • theories of international law;
  • normative principles and the jurisprudence of the ECHR;
  • value theory and metaethics applied to political theory;
  • the work of John Rawls;
  • the work of Ronald Dworkin;
  • analytical political philosophy and Marx;
  • moral methodology and political philosophy (including ethical intuitionism, ordinary language approaches, reflective equilibrium and Dworkinian interpretivism);
  • human rights indicators and normative presuppositions.

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  • Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights
  • The Ethics of Poverty
  • Normative Methods, Legal Analysis, and Research Skills
  • PhD Methodology Workshops

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