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29Jun 2013

The St. Petersburg Conference

RC-26 has successfully organized an interim conference entitled "Protection of Human Rights: Institutions and Practices", in St.Petersburg, Russia, on 13-14 June 2013. The Russian Political Science Association Human Rights Research Committee and the St. Petersburg branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics have contributed to the organization and hosted the conference at the Kochubey Dacha, in Pushkin. Twenty-six scholars and practitioners have come together with a view to analyze and compare governmental and non-governmental human rights protection mechanisms within stable and "young" democracies. Five panels were organized around the following themes: national and regional human rights policy, the Russian ombudsman system as a case study, human rights in post-conflict and transitional societies,IGO-NGO interaction in human rights, and the Arab Spring from the perspective of human rights.

05Dec 2012



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.

04Oct 2012

Welcome to our website!

Please send all related announcements including upcoming events, calls for papers, job vacancies,recent publications by members and interesting suggestions to fturkmen@gsu.edu.tr for posting.

Executive Board for 2012-2014 elected at the 21st IPSA World Congress in Madrid:

Chair: Füsun Türkmen (Turkey) Associate Professor of International Relations, Dept. of International Relations Director, Center for Research and Documentation on Europe Galatasaray University Ciragan cad. 36, Ortakoy, Istanbul 34357-TURKEY Tel: +90 212 2274480/377 Mobile: +90 532 785 99 85 Fax: +90 212 258 22 83 fturkmen@gsu.edu.tr; fusun@ifturkmen.com

Chair-elect: Anja Mihr (Germany, the Netherlands) Associate Professor, Netherland Institute of Human Rights (SIM) Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University Drift 15, NETHERLANDS-3512 BR-Utrecht Tel: +31 30 253 8405 Mobile: +31 68 1345346 Fax: +31 30 2537168 A.Mihr@uu.nl

Secretary: Mikyoung Kim ( South Korea, Japan) Associate Professor, Hiroshima City University-Hiroshima Peace Institute Otemachi Heiwa Bldg. 9-10F 4-1-1 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, JAPAN Tel: +81-82-544-7608 Fax: +81-82- 5447-573 mkkim_33@hotmail.com

Members at large:

Alexander Sungurov (Russia) (2nd term) St. Petersburg Center for Political Science Strategy Izmailovsky pr. 14 of. 424 St. Petersburg- 190005 RUSSIA Tel: (812) 712-66-12, (812) 714-00-47 asungurov@mail.ru

Katharine P. Gelber (Australia) Associate Professor Australian Research Council Fellow School of Political Science and International Studies University of Queensland St. Lucia Queensland 4072 AUSTRALIA Tel: +61 7 3365 2910 k.gelber@uq.edu.au

Sonia Cardenas (USA) Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science Director, Human Rights Program Trinity College 300 Summit Street, Hartford , CT 06070 U.S.A Tel: (860) 297 4193 Sonia.Cardenas@trincoll.edu

Vandana Sharma (India)

Associate Professor Department of Political Science Bareilly College Ramchandpuram, Badaun Rd., Bareilly Uttar Pradesh, INDIA Tel: +91 983 757 3752 vandanasharma.bly@gmail.com

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