In October 2011, shortly after arriving in Brighton, I replied to an advertisement that Ms. Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Sussex, had placed seeking an illustrator for a lecture that she would be making at Amnesty International, in the Netherlands, in December 2011.
The lecture would involve her expanding on her theory on the four schools of thought regarding Human Rights (natural scholars conceive of human rights as given; deliberative scholars as agreed upon; protest scholars as fought for; anddiscourse scholars as imposed).
I was to illustrate the four schools of thought, so that they could be projected at Amnesty International while she was giving her speech; I ended up also helping Ms. Dembour put her presentation together too and the whole process of conceiving the illustrations, discussing their content and creating the presentation was incredibly intriguing.
I had originally drawn four sets of illustrations for the Professor, but after discussing them separately it was decided that I should redo them in order to keep on track with her original vision. Thus in this illustration, the democratic hemicycle, from the Deliberative school of thought, had to look much more formal and packed (like in the UN) and so I redrew the image and the result was indeed greater than the first effort.
Even though the final piece was shown at the lecture, we might get into this again, because, after much thought, in direct democracies it is the people themselves that actually vote and not their representatives, as it should be; so this might be remade again into a smaller self-governing type hemicycle, for any future usage that the Professor might need!
If you wish to read more about the Marie-Bénédicte Dembour lecture series on what Human Rights are click HERE as published within the Human Rights Quarterly 2010, pp. 1-20.
I will be uploading all four illustrations here gradually!
*Click HERE to view the first one (Natural School)
*Click HERE to view the second one (Deliberative School)
*Click HERE to view the third one (Protest School)
*Click HERE to view the fourth one (Discourse School)