Being social: The human right against social deprivation

kimberley brownlee

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law proudly presents

Associate Professor Kimberley Brownlee
University of Warwick

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Held at Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


Audio recording of presentation


We are, by nature, social creatures. We spend the majority of our waking hours with other people, and we need each other to survive and flourish. Despite this, human rights debates give little attention to interpersonal needs. This lack of attention is reflected in our institutional practices in criminal justice, immigration, and healthcare, which hold many people in coercive isolation, and which allow many vulnerable people, such as elderly people and disabled people, to become chronically acutely lonely due to neglect. In this talk, Kimberley Brownlee argues that there is a human right against such social deprivation, and it is as fundamental as any right already on the books.

Kimberley Brownlee an Associate Professor of Legal and Moral Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Prior to this, she was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on conscience, conviction, civil disobedience, the ethics of sociability, ideals, virtue, practical reason, and human rights. Kimberley holds a BA (First Class Hons.) in Philosophy from McGill University, an MPhil in Philosophy from Cambridge, and a DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar). She has held visiting positions at Oxford, Vanderbilt, St Andrews, Monash, UBC, and UCLA. In 2012, She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust. Kimberley is the author of Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience (OUP 2012) and co-editor of Disability and Disadvantage (OUP 2009). She has published articles in Ethics, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Utilitas, Law and Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Res Publica, and Criminal Law and Philosophy.