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Lecture | INVISIHIST event

Social and Economic Human Rights, The United Nations and the Intimacies of International Law: A History

Thursday 8 February 2024
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
1.48/LUF room

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The INVISIHIST research project invites all faculty and students to a special event hosted on
8 February with Dr Steven Jensen, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. As part of the 2023-2024 INVISIHIST lecture series, Dr Jensen’s lecture will explore the historical evolution of social and economic human rights, their importance for global (in)equality and will show how these issues are linked through the United Nations.

About the expert

Steven L.B. Jensen holds a PhD in History and is a Senior Researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. He has held positions with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with UNAIDS based in Geneva.  He is the author of The Making of International Human Rights. The 1960s, Decolonization and the Reconstruction of Global Values (Cambridge UP 2016) which in 2017 was awarded the prizes both for Best Book on Human Rights and Best Book on International Organisation from the International Studies Association. The book offers a new interpretation of the evolution of international human rights after 1945. Among his most recent publications are the co-edited volumes Histories of Global Inequality: New Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History (Cambridge UP 2022) and a book chapter on “Writing Political Histories of International Human Rights Law” (Edward Elgar 2023). He is currently working on a book project on the history of social and economic rights in the 20th century.


This event is organised by the Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South (INVISIHIST) research project under the leadership of Dr Alanna O’Malley, Associate Professor at the Leiden University Institute for History. INVISIHIST looks to reveal and unravel the invisible histories of the UN, transcending the dominant Western perspective to recover the historical agency of Global South actors. The research will investigate how the UN has both facilitated and limited their role in shaping global order from 1945-1981.


All faculty staff and students are welcome. Please register for the event using this link.

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