2014 JSI Seminar Series: Associate Professor Massimo Renzo

14 August 2014

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Human Rights and the Priority of the Moral
The main point of contention between "naturalistic" and "political" theories of human rights concerns the need to invoke the notion of moral human rights (i.e. rights that all human beings have simply by virtue of their humanity) in justifying the international practice of human rights. Political theories argue that we should bypass the question of the justification of moral human rights and start with the question of which norms and principles should be adopted to regulate the practice. Naturalistic theories by contrast, claim that a convincing answer to the latter question will have to presuppose some answer to the former. An adequate justification of the system of human rights included in the international practice will ultimately have to rely on some appeal to moral human rights. Associate Professor Renzo calls this view the "Priority of the Moral over the Political".

Associate Professor Renzois a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wawrick in the UK. He works primarily in legal and political philosophy and his main research interests are in the problems of authority, political obligation, international justice and the philosophical foundations of the criminal law.Heisone of the editors of Criminal Law and Philosophy, the Secretary of the UK Branchof the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR) and the Honorary Secretary of the Society for Applied Philosophy.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD units

Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, registration essential

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