José-Manuel Barreto

Research Associate, Goldsmiths, University of London

CfP: Latin America and International Law, University of Hamburg, 8–9 Feb 2018

Between 8–9 February 2018, the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (University of Hamburg) in conjunction with Professor José Manuel Barreto Soler (Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Externado) will hold a conference on the history of international law in Latin America. We would like to invite everybody interested in the study of the history of international law…

Decolonising the Theory and History of Human Rights, Conversation Berlin 10 June 2014

Human Rights from Third World Perspective Book Cover

Rechtskulturen – Forum Transregionale Studien Conversation A Conversation marking the publication of the book Human Rights from a Third World Perspective: Critique, History and International Law, edited by José-Manuel Barreto. Date: 10 Jun 2014 Time: 13:00–15:00 Place: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Room E23, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin Walter Mignolo (Duke), Sabine Broeck (Bremen), Manuela Boatca (FU Berlin),…

United for Global Democracy: A Manifesto

On 15 October 2011, united in our diversity, united for global change, we demand global democracy: global governance by the people, for the people. Inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, New York, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece, we too call for a regime change: a global regime change. In the words…

OCTOBER 15TH: UNITED FOR #GLOBALCHANGE

On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest. The ruling…

In Commemoration October 12, 1492: Manifesto of Decolonial Aesthetics

A transmodern world has emerged, reconfiguring the past 500 years of coloniality and its aftermath, modernity, postmodernity and altermodernity. A remarkable feature of this transformation is the creativity in/from the Non-Western world and its political consequences—independent thoughts and decolonial freedoms in all spheres of life. Decoloniality of knowledge and being, two concepts that have been…

Mass Political Defiance: A Conversation with Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp, the most important theorist on non violent struggle, accepted to answer various questions about his work for the blog cosmopolita and the printed edition of El Espectador (20th of May 2011). In this interview Sharp speaks about his theory and also about recent political events, such as the revolt against Mubarak and the…

War Crimes after the War Ended

The history of war crimes is one of the sites of the politics of memory par excellence. The arrangements of world politics today still seat on the consequences of the Second World War -the permanent members of the UN Security Council being one of the more visible. The legitimacy of the contemporary world order depends to…

The Suppression of the Arab Spring in Syria

Syria video released by Amnesty International “Images of unarmed civilians shot in the head help explain why there have been so many fatalities. Together with footage of soldiers celebrating deaths, they document what appears to be a ‘shoot to kill’ policy,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Other…

Charter 08

Charter 08 was written by China’s Human Rights Defenders including Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. A hundred years have passed since the writing of China’s first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of the Democracy Wall in…

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: A Cannibal, Surreal & Subaltern Approach to Human Rights

This paper explores – briefly – four ideas: the concept of the ‘turn to emotions’, the notion of a cannibal theory, legal surrealism and the subaltern perspective on human rights. How we are to think and feel human rights today? This question is situated in a specific historical context, that of our times, which is…

Human Rights and the Crisis of Modernity

‘Truth’ emerges when a victim, from his present catastrophic position, gains a sudden insight into the entire past as a series of catastrophes that led to his current predicament. (Walter Benjamin) The horrors of the Second World War and, in particular, the ‘real hell’ of Auschwitz’, are usually seen as the background from which the…