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Western ambivalence on International Human Rights Standards - Law School Seminar

Date: 27 February 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Dr. Eamonn Noonan, Tuesday 27 February 1:00 - 3:00; NSSR 2

"Western ambivalence on International Human Rights Standards".

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and treaties based on it are often criticised as being a reflection of "western" rather than truly universal values. It is certainly true the support of countries like the US and Britain was of decisive in their creation. It is ironic therefore that recent foreign policy choices have brought both the US and Britain, among others, into conflict with a number of core human rights norms. How can this be explained? In relation to foreign policy, is it inevitable that strategic considerations take precedence over human rights norms? If so, what does this mean for international efforts to promote human rights?

Dr. Eamonn Noonan is the Director of KIM, Norway's Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities. He has held a number of positions in the European public service and in the Irish diplomatic service, and was Deputy Head of the European Parliament's Human Rights Unit from 1995 to 2000. He is a graduate of the European University Institute, Florence, where he researched British and German commercial policy in the 1930s.

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