54 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 1 (2015-2016)

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                               Articles



                       The Right to Read


                              LEA  SHAVER*


        Reading-for education and for pleasure-may be
        framed   as a personal   indulgence,  a  moral  virtue, or
        even  a civic duty.  What  are  the implications  of fram-
        ing reading  as a human   right?


        Although   novel,  a rights-based  framing   finds  strong
        support  in international  human   rights law.   The right
        to read need  not be defended   as a new   human   right.
        Rather,  it can be  located  at the intersection  of more
        familiar guarantees.   Well-established   rights to educa-
        tion,  science,  culture,  and  freedom of expression,
        among   others,  provide  the  necessary  normative   sup-
        port for  recognizing  a  universal  right to read  as  al-
        ready  implicit in international law.


        This article argues  that reading  should  be  understood

    *   Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of
Law; J.D., Yale Law School; M.A., University of Chicago. I would like to thank Erin F.
Delaney, Susan DeMaine, Peter DiCola, Keith Findley, Christopher C. French, Robert Katz,
Benjamin Keele, Jud Mathews, Michael Mattioli, Alexandra Mogyoros, David Orentlicher,
Guy  Rub, Margaret Tarkington, Melissa Wasserman, Christopher J. Walker, Carlton
Waterhouse, Diana Winters, and R. George Wright for their particularly helpful comments
during the drafting of this article. Particular thanks go to the organizers and participants of
Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Big Ten Untenured Faculty Workshop,
especially Ajay Mehrotra, and the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute's
Economic and Social Rights reading group, especially Shareen Hertel, Susan Randolph, and
Molly Land. The Author and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law make this article
available to the public under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0
license. Anyone is free to print, share, publish, translate, abridge, adapt, or otherwise reuse
or repurpose this work, including for commercial purposes, so long as the author Lea Shaver
and  the  Journal  are  credited.  This  article may  be   downloaded  from
http://ssrn.com/abstract=2467635.

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