Book discussion: The Human Right to Dominate by Perugini & Gordon

21Apr2017 15:00 - 17:00


What if human rights were used to oppress or even harm the very populations they were intended to protect? In 'The Human Right to Dominate', Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon challenge readers to reconsider everything that they think they know about human rights. The book will be presented by the authors.

Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon argue against the popular assumption that increased human rights lead to a greater degree of freedom. The book explores the subjective and politicized nature of human rights in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, demonstrating instances in which human rights can be used as a tool for oppression and illustrating the ways that human rights can be interpreted to justify colonialism, warfare, and even lethal violence against civilians.

In this book discussion, the two authors will present their work and enter into a discussion with Anja Eleveld (VU) and Maarten den Heijer (UvA). The authors are political scientists and the reviewers will critically reflect on their work from legal perspectives.

Authors & Commentators

  • Dr Nicola Perugini (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof. Neve Gordon (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Dr Anja Eleveld (VU University)
  • Dr Maarten den Heijer (UvA)

The book

The Human Right to Dominate is published by Oxford University Press and has received widespread acclaim, see eg reviews here and here.


The event is open to the public.

Room C 0.17

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    Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 | 1012 CN Amsterdam
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