James W. Nickel, Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Miami

 Jim Nickel teaches and writes in human rights law and theory, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. He is the author of Making Sense of Human Rights (2nd ed. 2007) and more than seventy articles in philosophy and law. At the University of Miami, Nickel has a joint appointment in the  Philosophy Department and in the School of LawEarlier positions include the College of Law at Arizona State University (2003-8) and the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1982-2003).

Recent articles include “Griffin on Human Rights to Liberty” in Roger Crisp, ed., Griffin on Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015): 185-205;  “Personal Deserts and Human Rights,” in Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo, eds.,  Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015): 153-165; "Assigning Roles to Human Rights" forthcoming in Adam Etinson, ed., Human Rights: Moral or Political? (Oxford University Press, 2016); “Two Models of Normative Frameworks for Human Rights during Emergencies” forthcoming in Evan J. Criddle, ed., Human Rights in Emergencies (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and “Can a Right to Health Care be Justified by Linkage Arguments?” forthcoming in Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2016).

Making Sense of Human Rights is named #2 in Five Best Books on Human Rights  CV (with links to many articles)

Human Rights entry, Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy

JN's Festschrift Conference at Duke 2013   (includes photos)

Paintings, photos,

Past Syllabi and Course Materials (2005 on)

JN's Greatest Hits (with links for free downloads)

"What Future for Human Rights?, "Ethics and International Affairs" 28 (2014): 213-223

"Human Rights," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.). First published 2003; revised 2006, 2012, 2014).

"Rethinking Indivisibility: Towards a Theory of Supporting Relations between Human Rights," Human Rights Quarterly 30 (2008): 984-1001.

Making Sense of Human Rights, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007; First Edition 1987.

Poverty and Rights," Philosophical Quarterly, 55 (2005): 385-402.  This essay won the Philosophical Quarterly's 2004 essay prize.

"Who Needs Freedom of Religion?", Colorado Law Review 76 (2005): 909-933.

"Group Agency and Group Rights," in Ian Shapiro and Will Kymlicka, eds., Ethnicity and Group Rights (Nomos 39), New York: New York University Press, 1997: 235-256.

"A Human Rights Approach to World Hunger," in Aiken and LaFollette, editors, World Hunger and Morality, Second Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1995: 171-185.

"Integrating Environmentalism and Human Rights" (with Eduardo Viola), Environmental Ethics 16 (1994): 265-271.

"The Human Right to a Safe Environment," Yale Journal of International Law 18:1 (1993), 281-295.

"Does the Constitution Mean What it Always Meant?" (with Stephen R. Munzer), Columbia Law Review 77 (1977), 1029-1062.

"Preferential Policies in Hiring and Admissions," Columbia Law Review 75 (1975), 534-558.