Steven L. B. Jensen

Research Visitor, Trinity Term 2019


Steven L. B. Jensen is a Senior Researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. Before joining the Danish Institute in 2007, he held positions with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with UNAIDS based in Geneva.  He holds a PhD in History from the University of Copenhagen and is the author of The Making of International Human Rights. The 1960s, Decolonization and the Reconstruction of Global Values which in 2017 was awarded the prizes both for Best Book on Human Rights and Best Book on International Organisation from the International Studies Association. The book offers a new interpretation of the evolution of international human rights after 1945.

Among his most recent publications is a co-edited volume Histories of Global Inequality: New Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). He has also published on topics such as HIV/AIDS, the Sustainable Development Goals and on the work of national human rights institutions. He is currently working on a book project on the history of social and economic rights. He was a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School in 2011 and at Oxford (History Faculty) in 2016.