Performing Human Rights in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
VU University, NL
Anja Eleveid is an assistant professor of Social Law. Her research concerns amongst other things the performativity of rights. She has published on this topic in ‘Law and Critique’ and in ‘Social & Legal Studies’ (forthcoming). Together with Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex) she has organized a stream on ‘Political Struggle and Performative Rights’ at the Critical Legal Conference (University of Sussex, 4-6 September 2014) and a two-day long workshop on the same topic at the European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) (University of Tübbingen, 6-8 April 2016). Also see https://performativerights.wordpress.com.
Why is it that distinct academic disciplines sometimes have a hard time understanding each other? The discussions at the law faculty of the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam on 20 and 21 April 2017 with the authors of the book ‘The human right to dominate’ Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - showed that legal scholars and social-political scholars have a different understanding of human rights (i.e. what human rights are). More so, social-political scholars, such as Perugini and Gordon seem to be more interested in the consequences of invoking the human rights beyond the immediate legal setting of a national or international court (i.e. what human rights do).