Charlotte Walsh – Psychedelics, Self Creation & Article 8 Of The European Convention On Human Rights
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to respect for privacy, encompassing the idea that people should have the freedom to develop their own unique identity. The central claim here is that the criminalisa- tion of (in particular, psychedelic) drugs, interferes with this right to self-creation. The limitations of the human rights approach are engaged with; however, ultimately it is argued that the dream of a shift in the legal paradigm ought not to be abandoned. The paper ends on an optimistic note, considering the successful deployment of human rights protec- tions to challenge cannabis prohibition in Mexico and South Africa. This is not about our right to drugs – the importance of which people may agree or disagree on – but rather the seminal issue of our freedom.
Filmed at Breaking Convention 2017 – 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness University of Greenwich London, June 30th-July 2nd 2017