Self-Defense and Human Rights

A Canopy Forum Thematic Series
June 2020

In this series, Dr. David Little develops a unified theory of human rights based upon the personal and collective right of self-defense. His central claim is that that key words in the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights point to the right of self-defense “against tyranny and oppression” as the moral and legal foundation of human rights, and account for the “organic unity” of the formative instruments: the Universal Declaration and the two Covenants on political, legal and economic, social, and cultural rights.

The Right of Self-Defense and the Organic Unity of Human Rights

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV


David Little

A Non-Theoretical Justification of Human Rights:

A Response to David Little’s The Right of Self-Defense

Part IPart II


T. Jeremy Gunn