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The Conflictive Emergence of Human Rights in Colombia (1978-1985)

Friday, May 19, 2017// 2 - 3:30pm // Andrews Conference Room (2203 SS&H)
When May 19, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
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Just as human rights ideas started to take hold of the legal and political imagination of thinkers and activists around the world, Colombia was one of the places where the hope of left wing revolution was still alive. The liveliness of idealistic projects in Colombia led to different understandings of what human rights entailed. Some activists connected the term with social revolution, others sought to find in them a key towards democratization, and the Colombian government drifted between accepting the language criticizing those who employed it. This historical reconstruction invites us to think about the ways to recover human rights as an engaging political project open up for grabs and not merely as a recipe for good governance.

The speaker, Jorge González-Jácome, is an assistant professor at the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). He is currently teaching at Stanford University as well. His research focuses on legal history, human rights, comparative constitutional law, and law and humanities.

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