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Nikki Godden – Tort Law, Human Rights and Rape: Beyond the Enforcement of Criminal Justice

                                             

Event Date: 22 March 2013

The Institute of Advanced Study
Millburn House
Millburn Hill Road
University of Warwick Science Park
Coventry
CV4 7HS

The Kent Law School presents:
The Public Life of Private Law

An ESRC Seminar Series

Seminar 2: Private Law and the Subject of Human Rights

Legal scholarship on the relationship between private law and human rights is dominated by (i) ‘constitutionalisation’; the idea that private law will absorb human rights norms over time (ii) the instrumental use of private law to enforce compliance with human rights norms. But in many respects private obligation stands apart from human rights law, and as an alternative to it, because it encompasses notions of interpersonal care, reliance and responsibility over time (and indeed, of blunt economic efficiency) which may sit uneasily with traditional liberal conceptions of human rights. How should we conceive of the relationship between private law and human rights? In thinking through these problems, our focus will be on the use of private law to seek reparations for human rights abuse.

Nikki GoddenTort Law, Human Rights and Rape: Beyond the Enforcement of Criminal Justice

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