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Professor José Alvarez on “The Human Right of Property”

Dates:
  • Mon 12 Mar 2018 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-03-12 15:00 2018-03-12 17:00 Europe/Paris Professor José Alvarez on “The Human Right of Property”

Twenty one human rights treaties, including the European and Inter-American conventions of human rights, include the right to the protection of property interests within their provisions. That right, central to ancient conceptions of both international and national law, has been enforced and interpreted in forms as different as the ECtHR, the IACtHR, and CEDAW’s committee. And still it remains the most contested right in the human rights pantheon. Many have suggested that the right is a Cold War relic based on “Western” values that ignores massive differences in national property laws -- that since there is no realistic prospect of universally applicable property interests, this is not a universal human right. Others have argued that recognizing such a right at the international level only promotes inequality between and within nations and undermines the dignitarian values of “genuine” human rights. This lecture addresses those and other criticisms and provides a modest defense for the human right of (but not to) property.

Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

Twenty one human rights treaties, including the European and Inter-American conventions of human rights, include the right to the protection of property interests within their provisions. That right, central to ancient conceptions of both international and national law, has been enforced and interpreted in forms as different as the ECtHR, the IACtHR, and CEDAW’s committee. And still it remains the most contested right in the human rights pantheon. Many have suggested that the right is a Cold War relic based on “Western” values that ignores massive differences in national property laws -- that since there is no realistic prospect of universally applicable property interests, this is not a universal human right. Others have argued that recognizing such a right at the international level only promotes inequality between and within nations and undermines the dignitarian values of “genuine” human rights. This lecture addresses those and other criticisms and provides a modest defense for the human right of (but not to) property.


Location:
Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Academy of European Law
Department of Law

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Anny Bremner (EUI - Academy of European Law) - Send a mail

Attachment:
Property protection instruments
 
 
 

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