Law, History & Politics: Founding of UN + Universal Declaration of Human Rights

photo"The NYC Political Forum"

For this meeting, we'll discuss:

1) the founding of the United Nations; and

2) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (circa Dec. 1948)

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

The Premise:
In the previous episode of LHP, World War II had just ended ( Various international tribunals were formed, adjudicating the "crimes against humanity" of the recently-defeated Axis powers. The rise and fall of "nationalism" during the early part of the Twentieth Century -- giving rise to the bloodiest conflict in human history -- has now given way to grand reconstruction efforts, by way of the Marshal Plan and the formation of the United Nations.

Here are the discussion topics:

I. Law

The Charter of the United Nations

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

II. History

A very brief historical summary of the end of WWII.

III. Politics

Various treaties leading up to the founding of the U.N.

The purported objectives and missions, and any institutional failures.

The practicality (or lack thereof) of a global international institution in attempting to address various conflicts and issues.

More details to follow.


More about LHP:

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

Last year, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work.

For Season Two, the advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.


LHP series (Season Two):

• Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (c. 1945-48) (Oct. 2018):

• The French Revolution (July 2018) (

• The Russian Revolution (c. 1917) (June 2018):

• The "Beer Hall Putsch" -- Munich, Bavaria (c. 1923) (May 2018):

• The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018):

• Magna Carta (Jan. 2018):


LHP series (Season One):

• Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (December 2017):

• Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017):

• The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): ( )

• Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion of the "Separate But Equal" doctrine:

• Federalist Papers Nos. 2 and 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017):

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 PM