Academy of Finland
Funding decision
 
Name Pirjatanniemi, Elina
Organisation Åbo Akademi University
Project title Vulnerability as Particularity — Towards Relativizing the Universality of Human Rights? (RELAY)
Decision No. 311297
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
While ‘vulnerability’ has become a regularly used notion in human rights law, as a legal concept it remains ambiguous and contested. It is now necessary to take a critical look at the vulnerability reasoning as a structural element in human rights law. Is the expansion of vulnerability reasoning is indicative of a trend towards particularisation of human rights? The aim of the project Vulnerability as Particularity — Towards Relativizing the Universality of Human Rights? (Åbo Akademi Institute for Human Rights) is to unpack the notion of vulnerability in order to analyse its function in the interpretation of law and to problematize its use as an operative principle in the implementation of policies and laws. Drawing on discourse analysis and interviews, the project addresses vulnerability from three angles: particularity, exclusion and inclusion, and power. The project contributes to an analytically critical understanding and operationalisation of the notion of vulnerability.