Transforming Human Rights through Decolonial Lens


  • Davinia Gómez Sánchez Universidad de Deusto



human rights, eurocentrism, decoloniality, alternative epistemologies, Ingigenous peoples, development


This article problematizes the Human Rights conceptualization embodied in the International Human Rights Law corpus. It considers human rights as a Western construct rooted in a particular historical context, located in a specific ideological background and grounded in a concrete socio-cognitive system. Thus, in disregard of features of non-dominant cultures, the mainstream human rights grammar became a discourse of empire. Building on TWAIL and decolonial theory, this article challenges that hegemonic human rights discourse while providing a justification for incorporating other conceptualizations of rights through an inter-epistemic conversation with alternative world-views.


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How to Cite

Gómez Sánchez, D. (2020). Transforming Human Rights through Decolonial Lens. The Age of Human Rights Journal, 15, 276-303.