Alexa Zellentin in the Irish Times
GLOBUS researcher Alexa Zellentin (UCD) gave an extensive interview to the Irish Times on 30 January 2018, where she argues that there's a need to bring duties back into the debate on human rights.
In the Irish Times' philosophy column ‘Unthinkable’, Zellentin argues that human rights are meaningless unless someone is charged with delivering them. Not only states have this duty: it has to be society as a whole.
Zellentin also discusses inequality, climate justice, and whether there should be a right to higher education:
I was 10, back in Bavaria, when the decision was made on whether I should go to grammar school leading to university or the other track which would lead to apprenticeships. At that point, my parents happened to be divorced, I happened to have a number of siblings, and my teacher told my mother: ‘Her grades are at the border but you will never be able to give her the support she needs to go to university’. So I was sent to secretarial school which was a complete disaster in the sense that I made a horrible secretary but it turns out I made a fairly good academic.