Author Archives: Marie-Bénédicte Dembour

About Marie-Bénédicte Dembour

Marie-Bénédicte Dembour is professor of law and anthropology at the University of Brighton Business School. She is author of Who Believes in Human Rights?: Reflections on the European Convention (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and When Humans Become Migrants: A Study of the European Court of Human Rights with an Inter-American Counterpoint (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Introduction to Dossier on Human Rights Rituals

Abstract: In this special issue, four essays draw on distinct traditions in law, literary studies, history, and anthropology to explore international human rights law through a lens rarely used in this domain—that of ritual. This introductory essay explains the significance of collective rituals as socially structuring events that embody power relations. It considers the role of ritual in instigating or strengthening community, and as a mode of governance that may circumvent the emergence of more violent regimes. It discusses how law generally is authorized and Continue reading → Continue reading →