Following his undergraduate education at Calvin College and Seminary, Professor Morsink received advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and then began his career at Drew in 1972 in the Department of Philosophy. His publications on Aristotle’s biology stem from these early years. Always having had political philosophy as his first love, in 1992 he moved over to Drew’s department of political science, where he teaches courses in the history of political thought, in political theory and in jurisprudence and human rights. He does research in the area of human rights and has published articles on that subject in the Human Rights Quarterly. One critic praised his recently published book, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Origins Drafting and Intent (University of Pennsylvania Press) as “the definitive work on the drafting of the twentieth century’s most important human rights document.” In March of 2000, the book was selected to receive the Certificate of Merit for Technical Craftsmanship by The American Society of International Law.

Research Interests

Human rights, political theory, and international law.

Selected Publications

  • Inherent Human Rights: Philosophical Roots of the Universal Declaration (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting and Intent (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).