Human Rights and Their Limits

Human Rights and Their Limits

In Human Rights and Their Limits (Cambridge University Press), Wiktor Osiatyński examines how the concept of human rights has developed in waves: each call for rights serves the purpose of social groups that try to stop further proliferation of rights after their own goals are reached.

Although a state of unlimited democracy threatens rights, excessive rights can limit resources indispensable for democracy. Human Rights and Their Limits argues that although rights are a prerequisite of freedom, they should be balanced with other values that are indispensable for social harmony and personal happiness.


  • Wiktor Osiatyński, Professor, Central European University Legal Program
  • Richard Wilson, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut
  • Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute

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Date: October 15, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.

OSI-New York

Aryeh Neier and Richard A. Wilson