Deconstructing Suella Braverman’s Philosophy of Human Rights

by Irfan Chowdhury, University of Brighton

On 10 August 2022, Suella Braverman QC MP, who was appointed Home Secretary of the United Kingdom on 6 September 2022, gave a keynote speech to conservative thinktank Policy Exchange, titled: ‘Equalities and Rights: Conflict and the Need for Clarity’, in which she set out her conception of human rights. As I will outline, this conception is highly flawed and deeply dangerous because it attempts to provide a philosophical justification for the government’s anti-human rights agenda. Therefore, analysing and deconstructing the premises of Braverman’s arguments is of paramount importance, so that these arguments cannot be successfully relied upon by the government to justify its coming crackdowns on human rights.