Steven L. B. Jensen
Steven L. B. Jensen is a senior researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. He is the author of the prize-winning book The Making of International Human Rights: The 1960s, Decolonization and the Reconstruction of Global Values. His most recent publication is Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History (co-edited with Charles Walton). He is currently working on a history of social and economic rights in 20th century international politics.
The 1968 United Nations debate on human rights and tech
The nexus between human rights and tech is more foundational to the evolution of the international human rights legal project than we normally think.
From the domestic to the international: Jamaica’s 1961 human rights policy
How the domestic trends of human rights policy in the Global South can provide a deeper understanding of modern international rights practice
Future’s past: in search of human rights histories
A new series explores different approaches to the temporalities of human rights history and how this relates to their past, present, and future
“We are jimcrowed:” Marcus Garvey and the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World
The story of the 1920 Declaration can help us rebalance how we approach human rights history and make it more representative in terms of substance and agency.
Global HIV/AIDS response, shows human rights is path to success against COVID-19
The global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic found success when it put human rights at the core of its efforts, a lesson of key importance to our present and future ...
The UN Human Development Report must go farther on inequality
In order for human rights and development to be mutually reinforcing, the connection between the two must be made as explicit as possible.
Inequality a prominent concern for UN human rights monitors
UN human rights bodies are highlighting inequality when making recommendations to states – showing that this issue should be seen and acted on as a central human ...
UN human rights mechanisms proving effective SDGs monitor
The SDGs are mostly aligned with human rights objectives—to emphasize this, the UN human rights mechanisms are showing a willingness to hold states accountable ...
Twenty-five years later, how much do national human rights institutions matter?
An expanding range of literature examines the effectiveness of national human rights institutions, and 25 years after the Paris Principles, a recent study draws ...
Putting to rest the Three Generations Theory of human rights
The notion of three generations of human rights has endured for 40 years. But it has no solid historical or analytic basis, and it obscures rather than clarifies ...
The 1967 Convention on Religious Intolerance—the treaty that might have been
The two UN human rights covenants were to be buttressed by a treaty to fight religious intolerance. In 1967, a text was drafted but not adopted—a failure that haunts ...
Decolonization—not western liberals—established human rights on the global agenda
Human rights scholarship and advocacy claim to be grounded in universality, yet both are anything but in their privileging the Western role in building an international ...