Webinar with Julia Dehm (La Trobe Law School)
This talk provides a close reading of a series of reports mandated by the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities (the Sub-Commission) addressing economic inequality, income distributions and human rights published during the 1990s. Whilst these reports are relatively obscure, and their actual influence over, or impact on, political developments is arguably minimal, they allow us to trace key shifts in the way human rights discourse framed concerns about economic distribution in an increasingly unequal world, as well as how the content of rights and the nature of state obligations were reconfigured. They reveal a gradual narrowing of human rights concerns over the decade, facilitated by the foregrounding of process over substance and opportunity over outcome, in order to expel broader structural considerations from its frame of visibility. By reading these reports against a background of economic globalization, this talk will show how human rights frameworks were internally transformed over the 1990s, to consolidate form of rights discourse that was both constrained from, and incapable of, contesting the neoliberal policy environment it reflected and the growing inequalities its produced.
Julia Dehm is a Senior Lecturer at the La Trobe Law School. Her scholarship addresses urgent issues of international and domestic climate change and environmental law, natural resource governance and questions of human rights, economic inequality and social justice. Her first monograph, Reconsidering REDD+: Authority, Power and Law in the Green Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2021), was awarded the 2021 ECR Publication Prize from the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. Julia has published widely including in the Leiden Journal of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory, the Griffiths Law Review, the Australian Journal of Human Rights and Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.
(Photo: Melbourne alterglobalisation protests in 1999)
To join the webinar, please send us an email with your name and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 27th at 13.00 (CEST).