Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Part II - Entitled: A Podcast About Why Rights Matter and What’s the Matter with Rights

This blog introduced the Entitled podcast in a post on August 23, 2021. This post below provides more information about the hosts of the podcast and the first couple of episodes.

By Khala Turner, 3L at St. Louis University School of Law

Entitled is a new podcast from two esteemed professors at the University of Chicago. Professor Tom Ginsburg and Professor Claudia Flores. Professor Tom Ginsburg is a Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science. Professor Tom Ginsburg has dedicated tremendous amounts of effort into the international law practice area.  Professor Claudia Flores is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago. Professor Flores has specialized in human rights violations of low-wage immigrant workers and assisted in advising governments on the Convention of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

On the new Entitled podcast, the two professors work together to discuss “why rights matter and what’s the matter with rights,” and each biweekly episode is around 40 minutes or shorter. The first episode, “What’s the Matter with Rights,” goes into an in-depth discussion about what rights should be considered after a brief discussion about rights in a conversation about a democratic Libya. The professors shared their thoughts of what human rights meant and creating a list of what is most important for communities. “Highly educated people define what the normalization should be [for rights].” This comment was made to determine who creates rights for communities in countries across the globe. The thought that a group of the most intelligent people across the globe come together to define what is of importance for every person creates the concern for how they determine what to discuss, based on what rights are the most important.

“All laws are really just making stuff up.” As stated in the podcast, laws are either thought to be created by God, who predetermines rights with no human control or input, or humans that have an entitled interest by the virtue of being human. The most important rights should have a connection with morality and should correspond with a duty that is implemented to satisfy a right. Professor Ginsburg and Professor Flores took statements from their students to gauge what they would decide are important rights. In the brief comments, most were basic rights such as food, shelter, and basic opportunities but these rights are not listed in the Constitution and are not considered civil or political rights that we consider legally.

Throughout the podcast, both Professor Ginsburg and Professor Flores discuss global human rights and decipher through the hard-hitting questions on why our rights matter, and how they may be challenged as time progresses.

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