This blog is written by Lucy Series, a researcher at the Centre for Health and Social Care Law at Cardiff Law School. Lucy’s research interests include legal capacity and human rights, especially in health and social care services. She is currently working on a project about the Court of Protection.
This blog used to be hosted on a different webpage, but I moved to WordPress in 2014 and all those posts should be republished here. I have left the old website up in case anybody is linking to pages there.
The header image on this blog is taken from a photo by Maggie Murphy at Berlin’s East Side Gallery:
The title of this blog is taken from a famous speech by Eleanor Roosevelt to the United Nations in 1958, on the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. In her speech, Roosevelt said:
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”