Introduction

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In association with the Amnesty International Society as part of their Human Rights Week, Canvas is proud to present to you their second issue of the year, with the theme Human Nature and Human Rights.

Since their conception, Human Rights have been a fundamental necessity that allows people all across the world to live in a way they deserve. But despite this there are still many who violate and even withhold such rights from millions of people around the globe. As well as this, the concept of Human Rights has brought with it many interesting theoretical debates about the scope, necessity, and enforcement of such rights.

In tandem with this, Human Nature has been one of the most hotly contested notions since the beginning of postulation by the human race. Whether Morgenthau’s static view, or Hobbes’ mistrust in humanity, many a person has weighed in on what it is that is intrinsic in the nature of being a human, and what we can learn from this.

In this issue we have a wide range of articles, from Michael Higgs discussing why the Conservative’s plan for a British Bill of Rights would not be good for those in Britain, through to an interview by Chris Olewicz with Dr. Christopher Jones, a Doctor of Psychology here at the university.

So once again, get your retorts at the ready and prepare yourself for another excellent issue of Canvas!

Simon Renwick,

Editor-in-Chief