Religion and Human Rights: Citizenship in a Global Era

Oxford | Belfast | Córdoba

June 24 - July 12, 2016

Directed by Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson for the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights.

Participants traveled to Oxford, Belfast, and Córdoba to ask: What are the intersections of religion, conflict, and human rights, and what are the practical politics of protecting these rights? This seminar forged useful frameworks for interpreting the complexity of competing moral ideas in our global political reality. Participants traveled to the University of Oxford for an intensive seminar run by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). Students spent nine days in lectures and discussion at Merton College led by Professors Hugo Slim, Cheyney Ryan, Lyn Boyd-Judson, and ELAC colleagues on religion, conflict, and human rights.

Participants then traveled with Dr. Boyd-Judson to Belfast, Northern Ireland to conduct faculty-guided comparative research on an aspect of religion, ethnic conflict, and human rights such as: What are the functions of state, identity, religious beliefs, history and context in the practice of human rights? What do religions have to say about human rights, and, what do conflicts over human rights have to say about religion? What is the place of religion in the modern human rights framework?


The trip concluded in Córdoba, Spain to think deeply about the theistic underpinnings of the philosophy of human rights and seek to better understand the history of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures and their history in Cordoba's intellectual history.


June 24th, 2016- July 12, 2016

Oxford, UK, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Córdaba, Spain