Two years after the Second World War a little-known, but remarkable, symposium of philosophers and writers was published by UNESCO. Giants in their field, including Harold Laski, Aldous Huxley and Mahatma Gandhi, contributed their reflections on the meaning and nature of rights, and their inter-relationship with duties, to a Committee of Experts in Paris.2 The following year their deliberations fed directly into the drafting of the founding document of the modern international human rights movement, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.