Author Archives: Stephen Hopgood

About Stephen Hopgood

teaches international relations at SOAS University of London. He is the author of Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International and The Endtimes of Human Rights, both Cornell University Press

Peter Slezkine Round table: The Sword and the Cross

This post is part of our round table on Peter Slezkine’s essay on the origins of Human Rights Watch from our recent issue. Please be sure to read other entries by Kenneth Roth, Aryeh Neier, Bart De Sutter, and the final response from the author. Peter Slezkine’s “From Helsinki to Human Rights Watch” tilts persuasively at a key myth beloved by human right advocates, that of the ineluctable unfolding of natural law (being “in league with the cosmos,” Thomas Jefferson called it). Actually how Human Rights Watch evolved was Continue reading →