Introduction: Approaches to Vulnerability in Times of Crisis

Mikaela Heikkilä, Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso*

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With a view to contributing to a more nuanced view on the use of the vulnerability rhetoric in times of crisis, the article addresses the relationship between the “crisification” and “vulnerabilization” of human rights protection. In so doing, it discusses the concepts of crisis and vulnerability, as well as the related human rights obligations incumbent on states. By contemplating upon some of the processes through which the rhetoric of vulnerability both opens doors to protection and closes them, the article deconstructs vulnerabilization as an active legal and societal process in addressing different situations seen as crises. In so doing, it challenges the on-face neutrality of the concept of vulnerability as a tool to target protection in exceptional times and calls for an approach to vulnerability in times of crisis that is more firmly anchored in the normative baseline of international human rights law.

Sidor (från-till)151-170
TidskriftHuman Rights Review
StatusPublicerad - 2 juli 2023
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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