Expanding the Scope of Human Rights - Suzanne Killmister (Monash)

Speaker: Suzanne Killmister

Abstract: It is sometimes suggested that human rights ought to be extended to some non-humans – be it non-human animals such as great apes, or forms of artificial intelligence. While such suggestions are typically motivated by a belief that these non-human beings have the same inherent rights as us, this paper comes at the issue from a different angle. Focusing on human rights as an international practice, and drawing on debates in political philosophy about the effects of (more) open borders at the nation-state level, I explore how extending human rights beyond Homo sapiens might affect both the practice of human rights, and our self-understanding as human.

Please note that these seminars are open to the public and in person only.

Date & time

Thu 06 Oct 2022, 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Auditorium, Level 1, RSSS building, 146 Ellery Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601


Suzanne Killmister (Monash)


Sarita Rosenstock


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