New Theory of the Evolution of Human Rights by Mikael R. Madsen – University of Copenhagen

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07 April 2016

New Theory of the Evolution of Human Rights by Mikael R. Madsen

Mikael Rask Madsen is publishing the article La Guerre Froide et la fabrication des droits de l’homme contemporains: Une théorie transnationale de l’évolution des droits de l’homme in Journal européen des droits de l'homme / European Journal of Human Rights (2/2016).

In the article Madsen argues for a different explanation of the rise of human rights following the Second World War than the two currently competing explanations, respectively the long-durée thesis situating the evolution of human rights in societal processes since the Enlightenment and the radical rupture thesis arguing for a late breakthrough of human rights caused by the socio-politics of the late 1970s. Madsen shows instead how human rights gained their current focus and form during the early Cold War and how that later greatly influenced subsequent practices in the field. 

The article will be available at editionslarcier.larciergroup.com