Dr. Stephen Hopgood of the University of London will discuss his book The Endtimes of Human Rights at Albany Law School on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
The book argues, against the conventional wisdom, that the idea of universal human rights has become not only ill adapted to current realities, but also overambitious and unresponsive. A shift in the global balance of power away from the United States further undermines the foundations on which the global human rights regime is based. American decline exposes the contradictions, hypocrisies and weaknesses behind the attempt to enforce this regime around the world and opens the way for resurgent religious and sovereign actors to challenge human rights.
Dr. Hopgood is Reader in International Relations and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He is also Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. His main area of interest is the international politics of human rights, including the sociology of human rights advocacy.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 200 in the law school's 1928 Building. A reception will take place after the discussion in the West Foyer. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.