The Origins and Ends of Human Rights Education: Enduring Problematics, 1948-2018

Marisa Musaio, L. F Gearon, A Kuusisto

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This chapter provides an analytical assessment of the enduring problematics of universal rights from the United Nations’ founding Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the present day, in the year of its seventieth anniversary, and argues that such problematics are mirrored in the same modern origins and ends of human rights education. It identifies three such problematics specific to both human rights and human rights education: proliferation, prioritisation and pluralism. These three suggested problematics present very real issues not simply for the implementation of rights through human rights education but raise too in the theoretical realm a wider series of multi-disciplinary problematics relevant to the philosophy of human rights, law and social policy, politics and governance. These three problematics are, however, themselves framed by a larger, problematic grand narrative. This is a coda of existential threat. It is this which draws human rights and human rights education into the arena of security in relation to the protection of rights from a diversity of threats. Indeed, the origins and ends of human rights and human rights education are encircled both in historical settings and contemporary contexts by a story of security against threat and a narrative of protection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetaphysics of Human Rights 1948-2018. On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR
EditorsE Grimi, L Di Donato
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Human rights
  • diritti umani
  • human rights education
  • securitisation
  • security


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