In his current book, Clifford Bob describes how activists use rights as political weapons. He analyses historical and contemporary conflicts and shows the ways in which rights can serve as instruments to achieve political goals. This distinctive contribution sheds light on the way we usually look at rights: they should be seen not only as concepts that protect the most vulnerable, but also as powerful means in political conflicts.
Clifford Bob is a professor of political science at Duquesne University and is currently a guest researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK). He has published extensively on human rights in global politics, global civil society, and political conflicts in the international realm. His lecture is part of Contested World Orders, which is a joint project of the WZB (Berlin), the HSFK (Frankfurt), and the GIGA.