León Castellanos-Jankiewicz

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PhD candidate in International Law, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Junior Visiting Fellow
(September – December 2016)


Human Rights and the End of Status

The radicalism of human rights resides not just in the idea of equality among individuals, but also in the abolition of status-based distinctions associated with group membership. This project conducts a comparative study of European constitutional laws in force before 1914 to determine whether status-based distinctions were aimed at discriminating against members of certain national, religious or linguistic groups. It then examines how these distinctions were phased out in international instruments after 1945.