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Deadline for Montréal 2014 closing in!

This is a reminder to all those who would like to submit: a)paper proposals for IPSA's upcoming 23d World Congress in Montréal. RC 26 will welcome papers on comparative human rights, governance through human rights, regional human rights institutions and mechanisms, transitional justice and democratization, and refugee rights as human rights-especially with regard to South Asia. b) closed panel proposals with chair, discussant, and 4-6 paper givers.



Call for Papers

Human Rights and Change

Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul: 16 – 18 June 2014

A joint conference organised by: • Human Rights Section, International Studies Association (ISA) • Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (APSA) • Human Rights Research Committee, International Political Science Association (IPSA) • Standing Group on Human Rights and Transition, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

In association with: Kadir Has Üniversitesi and Academic Council on the United Nations System

The human rights sections of the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association, are pleased to announce the third joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Change” to take place 16-18 June 2014 at Kadir Has Üniversitesi in Istanbul. The conference will take place immediately before the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (19 – 21 June), also in Istanbul (http://acuns.org/am2014/).

The so-called Arab Spring which began in early 2011 seemed to herald significant change in the human rights situation in the Middle East/North Africa, as well as broader regional and global political change. Yet, the changes have been highly ambiguous, both from a human rights perspective and a broader political perspective. The Arab Spring appears to be a product of significant normative and institutional change as well as a cautionary tale about the limits and ambiguities of change. This conference will address this theme of change – not only in the Middle East, but also globally. Thus, while there will be a number of panels and other events focused on the Middle East, a significant portion of the conference will deal with much broader contexts and issues, and paper submissions which address the broader theme in any context are welcome. We also welcome, and indeed actively encourage, participation from non-academics who are involved in human rights practice. Some of the questions to be addressed in the conference include:

       • How do we understand change in the realm of human rights? What theoretical and conceptual perspectives do we have to help us analyse change?
       • What is the relationship between broader geopolitical change and human rights development? Is human rights a product or a cause of such change?
       • How do we explain changes in norms, laws and societies?
       • Is change a top-down or bottom-up process?
       • Has our understanding of human rights changed?
       • Is human rights expansion a teleological process? Do we assume that it is?
       • How do we deal with competing norms in times of flux?
       • How have human rights been integrated (or not) into domestic legal and political orders?
       • What role do human rights play in transitional justice processes?
       • What explains the Arab Spring?
       • How does the Arab Spring confirm or challenge current approaches to human rights development?
       • What role of global and international actors played in fomenting or furthering the political dynamics of the Arab Spring?

The conference format will be a mixture of small panels with plenary keynote sessions. We hope that small panels will facilitate discussion and interchange among the participants, and the overall conference format will contribute to an intimate and relaxed experience.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent by e-mail by 15 January 2014.

Paper submission details can be found here (please note that proposals must relate to the theme of the conference to be considered): http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/HRIstanbul2014.aspx

The program chairs may be contacted at: humanrightsandchangeprogram@gmail.com




Cordially invite you to submit proposals for a conference on “PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: INSTITUTIONS AND PRACTICES” to be held in Saint –Petersburg, Russia in June 13-14, 2013

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was promulgated in 1948, an international human rights regime has gradually come into existence be it through UN mechanisms or regional systems like, inter alia, the European Court of Human Rights or the Commission and Court of the inter-American human rights scheme. Despite their indisputable contribution to the advancement of human rights, it is still impossible to argue that a just global order has been achieved through the existing transnational legal and political institutions. Consequently, the only solution is to integrate human rights values into the nation-state system.

According to Mitch Avila, “global justice is better understood as achieved through the ongoing reform of the nation-state, a process that results in the formation of liberal and decent peoples who possess a moral character and are politically stable”. He calls this process “taming the nation-state”. It is self-evident that, from this perspective, nation-states present different characteristics, depending on their respective levels of democratization. They differ not only in terms of legislation, but also human rights institutions and practices.

This conference intends to bring together scholars and practicioners with a view to analyze and compare governmental and non-governmental human rights protection mechanisms within stable and “young” democracies. Topics to be explored may include, but would not be limited to, the activities of these institutions, their interaction –among themselves, with government officials and with international human rights organizations-, the factors that improve/hinder their effectiveness, their role in human rights education and legislation. Participation from countries currently experiencing a transition towards democracy is particularly encouraged while there will be a special emphasis on “post-communist” societies. Abstracts (in English, around 250 words) should be submitted to the following all three members of the program committee by January 15, 2013. Acceptance notices will be sent no later than March 1st.

- Alexander Sungurov at asungurov@mail.ru - Sonia Cardenas at Sonia.Cardenas@trincoll.edu - Katharine Gelber at k.gelber@uq.edu.au

The conference will be held at the historical site “Tsarskoye Selo” outside Saint-Petersburg, during the spectacular “white nights” period.