Monthly Archives: October 2013

Human rights and ethics in a crowded planet

Any renewal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has to acknowledge the fact that we live in a crowded planet – crowded in the sense that the demands placed by the world’s human population on its ecological space are … Continue reading

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What are rights?

Philosophers and lawyers have expended a lot of intellectual energy thinking about questions of what rights really are, about when a right is genuine, what the nature of a right is, what the value or the purpose of a right … Continue reading

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Human Rights vs Property Rights

If the purpose of human rights is to protect human beings’ fundamental interests, the claims persons have against one another in respect of other kinds of interest should not be allowed to have a human rights justification. The inclusion of … Continue reading

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights: what if we were updating it today?

With the Global Citizenship Committee due to hold its inaugural meeting in Edinburgh, we the public have been invited to contribute thoughts on this question.  Here in Edinburgh, in the Ethics Forum hosted by the Just World Institute, we have … Continue reading

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Edinburgh University withdraws drones investment: what next?

The University of Edinburgh’s recent withdrawal of its £1.2M investment in a manufacturer of parts for US drones was praised by many, but also criticised by some.  Did the University do the right thing?  What, if anything, does the logic … Continue reading

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