Part of a special issue of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review
The article is a contribution to a special issue of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review on the 'local turn' in US human rights advocacy and implementation. In particular, it makes a critical case about local government engaging with human rights. It uses a sociological approach based on Bourdieu and Foucault to suggest that while contributing to human rights, local governments also and at the same time use human rights to govern the city. Based ion the case of Barcelona, the article explores amiguities in the way human rights are deployed in the city around issues of inclusion, development and security. Ultimately, the article invites reflexivity on the relation but also tension between justice and government in local government engagements with human rights.