The triumph of Human Rights: dream or nightmare? by UCL Sound published on 2012/02/07 12:20:20 +0000 UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The triumph of Human Rights: dream or nightmare? Colm O'Cinneide (UCL Laws) Date: 26th January 2012 Since 1945, the language of human rights has acquired great potency and resonance. Human rights law plays an ever-greater role in national legal systems, and states are now expected to respect an ever-growing range of basic rights. However, a growing backlash can now be detected against the apparently ever-expanding scope of human rights guarantees. Has the concept of human rights been stretched too far? Has it departed from its core mission? This lecture addresses some of these questions, and makes the case for an expansive conception of rights. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at www.ucl.ac.uk.