Professor Hans Joas's book on the genealogy of human rights is now available in German on Suhrkamp Verlag - "Die Sakralität der Person: Eine neue Genealogie der Menschenrechte".
Hans Joas's lectures in Washington in 2009 on the same topic can be seen here:
1. Violence and the Origins of Human Rights (Video)
2. Punishment, Rights, and the Sacredness of the Person (Video)
3. Human Rights and Universal Values (Video)
The lectures were held in October 2009 at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Hans Joas is Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Freiburg, Germany. From 2002 to 2011, he was Max Weber Professor and Director of the Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt. Among his books are "The Genesis of Values" (The University of Chicago Press, 2001) and "Do We Need Religion?" (Paradigm Publishers, 2004).