Human Rights and Homo Sacer

Katrine Agnethe Bjerregaard Christensen, Eva Baluganti, Eva Cossette-Laneville & Clara Morales Recuero

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper revolves around the question ‘How is the current situation of refugees and migrants passing through Libya challenging the notion of Human Rights?’.
To investigate this, we are employing the theories of the contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben. His theories are highly engaged with political issues, and interested in politics of inclusion and exclusion. We adopt four central theses deriving from his philosophy, namely the bare life, the state of exception, the camp as a paradigm of modernity and the critique of Human Rights.
These four theses will be employed to analyse and get a deeper understanding of the current situation of migrants and refugees passing through Libya. The country finds itself in a complex political scene, on which we will provide a brief introduction. Human Rights breaches - especially in regards to migrants and refugees - have become the norm. In this context, the European Union has ratified an agreement with Libya, the Malta Declaration, which positions the Union in an ambiguous place.
Therefore, we found the case of Libya interesting to investigate the circumstances and elements, which make possible the disregard of Human Rights.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
VejledereLars Axel Petersen


  • Homo Sacer
  • Libya
  • refugee
  • Agamben
  • Human Rights