Welcome to the rightsfuture.com.
I am Conor Gearty, a professor of human rights law at the London School of Economics in London (or LSE as it is more commonly known), and this is an experimental web-based project which will be running between now – October 2010 – and LSE’s festival of ideas in February 2011. The subject is rights, more particularly human rights: What are they? Where do they come from? Do they truly exist? Do they have a future?
In a moment, you will see, hear or read my rights manifesto. I have a particular take on rights and in this manifesto I set out my beliefs and hopes for human rights, for the right rights’ future. Then, from this Monday I will be posting an essay on the web at the start of each week for twenty weeks – each of these will develop my perspective further and deepen the argument that I am about to set out.
But the project is not just the usual thing of a writer writing and everybody listening! I want responses to my arguments: extra points, further illustrations, but also disagreements, corrections, and contrary points of view. Every Friday I will be publishing a response to the reaction that that week’s Monday essay has provoked. So the book we will be launching in February will be a composite of all of these inputs, a true publishing partnership.
The site is open to all, whatever your age, wherever you are from or whatever you do for a living. Please get stuck in – read and watch and contribute as well if you feel able.
But above all enjoy.