Moral grounds for Economic and Social Rights

Lunch Seminar with Prof James Nickel

The Forum for Law and Social Science is delighted to welcome James Nickel, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Miami. 

James Nickel

Nickel is the author of the widely-cited "Making Sense of Human Rights"(2nd ed. 2007) and has published numerous articles in philosophy and law.



  • Prof. Jakob Elster, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
  • Prof. Vibeke Blaker Strand, Department of Public and International Law


Fruit and coffee will be served.


About the Paper

 The paper considers how economic and social rights (ESRs) can be defended, not just as good things for countries to pursue, but rather as duty-generating high priority human rights. It understands ESRs as including four families of rights and suggests a pluralistic approach to justificatory grounds.  Grounds considered and evaluated are (1) Human welfare; (2) Human agency: (3) Linkage arguments; (4) Fairness and equality; and (5) Human dignity.



Published May 29, 2019 3:42 PM - Last modified June 5, 2019 2:29 PM