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Newsletter Issue 14
9 February 2017 


In this issue: Human Rights Narratives, Call for Papers, Conferences, Jobs & More

HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCHER TRIBUTE

 A Commemoration of the Life of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley
 
The first months of 2017 have been extremely tough for the human rights community. The use of torture as a legitimate form of interrogation in the war against terror is being revisited by the world’s most powerful country.  And sadly, the man who fought tirelessly to bring to an end the use of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, passed away on 25th January 2017.
 
Professor Rodley was a world renowned academic, professor, international lawyer and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (serving from 1993-2001).  He was also incredibly humble and kind, not wishing his students or colleagues to refer to him as ‘Sir’ or indeed, ‘the authority on international law’, despite his encyclopedia knowledge of the subject.
 
As Amnesty International’s legal adviser, his passion and tireless campaign to end torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment led to the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  This was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1975 and then led to the development of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1987.  This work was recognized in his appointment as Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1993. 
 
Following on from his work as Special Rapporteur, he served on the UN Human Rights Committee from 2001-2016.  At the same time, he continued to teach students at the University of Essex, where he co-founded the internationally renowned Human Rights Center in 1990, where he is already greatly missed.
 
Professor Rodley’s life and dedication to the cause of human rights should serve as an inspiration to us all to ensure that there is, in his words, ‘no safe haven for torturers’.  To find out more about the life of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, please see the pieces published about him on the Guardian, Amnesty International, and the BBCTo leave a tribute, please follow this link.

HUMAN RIGHTS NARRATIVES

 
The recent inauguration of President Trump and the highly divisive Executive Orders he has signed within the first weeks of his presidency have caused great alarm both in the human rights community and wider society.  Indeed, Columbia Human Rights Law Review has created a ‘Trump Human Rights Tracker’ to closely monitor his policies and laws and their impact on human rights law.  Open Democracy are encouraging one paragraph submissions to the question ‘Trump and human rights: How should activists respond?’.
 
The inauguration itself led to a worldwide solidarity women’s rights march on 21st January 2017, where protesters marched for not only women’s rights, but against racism, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and environmental rights.  The Executive Orders, one of which prohibits the entry of citizens, allegedly for a limited amount of time, from seven predominantly Muslim states into the United States and another which allows for the controversial Dakota Pipeline to be constructed, have prompted mass protests.  Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International has queried, in his article ‘Now more than ever we need to protect human rights. But do people still care? whether the public still has an interest for the promotion of human rights, given the rise of the populist movements in the West.
 
The worldwide protests, condemnations from other world leaders, the legal challenges to the constitutionality of the Orders, pro bono assistance of US immigration lawyers at airports  and a petition against the state visit of the US President to the UK which reached 1.8 million signatures, all suggest that the public does still care and is willing to fight for human rights against tyranny.  Indeed, Scholars at Risk have issued a response condemning the Executive Order on immigration. If anything the actions of President Trump have galvanized support for the human rights movement, but it is going to be a long and sustained fight.
 
The HRRN, in conjunction with the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study held a workshop open to academics, students and NGOs on 9th December 2016 on Strategies to Protect Human Rights Researchers and Academics.  It was a successful and well attended event with representatives from numerous organisations, like Amnesty International, Peace Brigades International, academics, students and even the Honduras judiciary.  It is hoped that a publication will soon be published on the outcomes of the workshop.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS 

How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?
London School of Economics and Political Science
9th February 2017, 18.30-20.00
 
The New Enemies of Democracy and Human Rights in Europe
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study
10th February 2017, 14.00-15.30
 
Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel
Open Society Foundations
Live Webcast, 13th February 2017, 17.30-19.00, (New York)
 
Louis Riel Day
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
20th February 2017, 10.00-16.00

Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
28th February 2017, 18.30-20.00 

Geneva Against Trump(ing) Human Rights
Place des Nations, Geneva, Swizerland
1st March 2017, 12.00
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
London
6th-17th March 2017

Amnesty International 52nd Annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference
Albuquerque, USA
10th-12th March 2017
 
Priorities for Intersex People: Medical and Human Rights aspects
Showroom & Workstation, Sheffield
28th March 2017, 10.00-15.30
 
Refuge: transforming a broken refugee system
London School of Economics and Political Science
29th March 2017, 18.30-20:00
 
Human Rights Film Festival
Toronto
29th March-6th April
 
Human Rights Film Festival
New York
9th-18th June 2017
We are pleased to announce a new privilege for HRRN members. You are eligible to a 20% discount on Routledge books. Please use the promo code HRN15* at the checkout.

PUBLICATIONS / DIGITAL RESOURCES

Volume 21, Issue 1: Special Issue: Facilitating Child Participation in International Child Protection
International Journal of Human Rights
(Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017)
 
The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary
By Malcolm Langford, Bruce Porter, Rebecca Brown and Julieta Rossi (Eds)
(Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2016)

Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age
By Nelson Tebbe
(Harvard University Press, 2017)

Reparations for Child Victims of Armed Conflict
By Francesca Capone
(Intersentia, 2017)
 
Discrimination as Stigma A Theory of Anti-discrimination Law
By Iyiola Solanke
(Hart, 2017)
 
The Cybersecurity Dilemma
Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations

By Ben Buchanan
Hurst Publishers, 2017)
 
Just Violence
Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police

By Rachel Wahl
(Stanford University Press, 2017)
Towards Convergence in International Human Rights Law: Approaches of Regional and International Systems
By Carla M. Buckley, Alice Donald and Philip Leach (Eds)
(Brill Nijhoff, 2016)
 
Tracing the Roles of Soft Law in Human Rights
By Stéphanie Lagoutte, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, and John Cerone
(Oxford University Press, 2016)


When States Come Out
Europe's Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility

By Phillip M. Ayoub
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
 
Reexamining Customary International Law
By Brian D. Lepard (Ed.)
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
 
The New Turkey and its Discontents
By Simon A. Waldman and Emre Caliskan
(Hurst Publishers, 2016)
 
The Contradiction in Disability Law
Selective Abortions and Rights

By Smitha Nizar
(Oxford University Press, India, 2016)
 
Oxford Human Rights Hub Seminars
(University of Oxford)

 

FUNDED DOCTORAL PROGRAMS / POST-DOC POSITIONS

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Location: Various
Deadline: 12th February 2017
 
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California
Location: U.S.A.
Deadline: 15th February 2017
 
Hardiman PhD Scholarship
National University of Ireland, Galway
Location: Ireland
Deadline: 17th February 2017
 
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar Fellowship
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Location: Various
Deadline: 26th February 2017
 
2017 Senior Indigenous Fellow
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Location: Switzerland
Deadline: 28th February 2017 
Newton Advanced Fellowships
British Academy
Location: UK
Deadline: 15th March 2017
 
Henigson Human Rights Fellowship
Harvard University
Location: Any
Deadline: 20th March 2017
 
Two-Week Research Fellowships for PhD Students/Candidates from Aboard 2017
Yad Vashem – International Institute for Holocaust Research
Location: Israel
Deadline: 1st April 2017


Funded Doctoral Position on Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, Deusto University
Location: Spain
Deadline: Rolling
 
Research Fellow, Human Rights Initiative
Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Location: U.S.A.
Deadline: Rolling

HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT COURSES

The Repression of Terrorism: Issues and Debates
16th February-10th March 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 9th February 2017
 
Training for International Electoral Observers
20th – 25th March 2017
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Italy
Deadline: 12th February 2017
 
Strategic Human Rights Litigation
10-14th July 2017
Central European University and Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, Hungary
Deadline: 14th February 2017
 
Constitution-Building in Africa
3rd-14th July 2017
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Deadline: 14th February 2017
 
Mediation Theory and Skills
3rd -7th July 2017
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Deadline: 14th February 2017
 
Gender, Conflict and Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism: International, Regional and Local Dimensions
Summer School on Transitional Justice
12th – 16th  June 2017
Ulster University, Northern Ireland
Deadline: 17th February 2017
(Scholarship available, deadline: 17th February 2017) 
 
Gender in Transitional Justice
21st February -16th May 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 17th February 2017
 
The Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
27th February-3rd March 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 20th February 2017
 
Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
16th-31st March 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 9th March 2017
 
11th edition of the Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
28th May-2nd June 2017
University of Ottawa, Canada
Deadline to apply: 14th April 2017
 
Summer School on The Arts and Human Rights (AHR)
19th- 23rd June 2017.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada
Deadline: 17th April 2017
Deadline (For Non-credit Participants): 30th May 2017
 
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
3rd-12th July 2017
Venice Academy of Human Rights, Italy
Discount Deadline: 15th March 2017
Deadline: 19th April 2017
 
Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Institutional Reform: An Introduction
30th March-5th May 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 27th March 2017
 
Transitional Justice Spring School: Transitional Justice, Memory and Culture
3rd-7th April 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 27th March 2017
 
Human Rights as Our Responsibility
9th – 17th  June 2017
Venice School of Human Rights, Italy
Early Bird: 30th March 2017
Deadline: 27th April 2017
 
Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations
6th April-4th May 2017
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: 30th March 2017

Human Rights Law Course
19th-30th June 2017
Academy of European Law Summer School, Florence, Italy
Deadline: 3rd April 2017
Hyperlink:
 
Law of the European Union
3rd-14th July 2017
Academy of European Law Summer School, Florence, Italy
Deadline: 3rd April 2017
Hyperlink:
 
Essex Human Rights Summer School
University of Essex Human Rights Centre, Colchester, UK
Deadline: 21st May 2017
 
Social Norms, Social Change Course
Free Online Course
UNICEF and University of Pennsylvania
Deadline: Rolling
 
Human Rights for Open Societies
Free Online Course
Utrecht University
Deadline: Rolling
 
An Introduction to International Criminal Law
Free Online Course
Case Western Reserve University
Deadline: Rolling

CALLS FOR PAPERS

11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises
15th-16th September 2017
European International Studies Association and Institut Barcelona Estudis Internationals
Deadline: 10th February 2017
 
Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism
8th-10th June 2017
Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)
Location: University of Ottawa, Canada
Deadline: 15th February 2017
 
Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America
26th-27th June 2017
Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS)
Location: University of Leeds
Deadline: 1st March 2017 (for papers) 1st April 2017 (for panels)

Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal
Special Issue on Indigenous and Minority Rights

Deadline: Rolling
Mixed Race in Asia and Australasia: Migrations, Mobilities and Belonging
12th – 13th October 2017
National University of Singapore
Location: Singapore
Deadline: 1st April 2017

Revitalizing the United Nations for Human Rights, Peace and Development
15th-17th June 2017
International Studies Association and Academic Council on the United Nations Systems
Sookmyung Women’s University
Location: Seoul, Korea
Deadline: 13th April 2017
 
Human Security in Difficult Times
19th -21st of October 2017
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, the United Nations Human Security Unit and Kadir Has University
Location: Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
Deadline: 20th June 2017

FUNDING / GRANTS 

British Academy Conference Programme
Deadline: 24th February 2017
 
British Academy Newton Mobility Grants
Deadline: 15th March 2017
 
Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
Deadline: 16th March 2017

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grants for Universities
Deadline: 23rd March 2017

Social Sciences and Humanities Impact Awards
Deadline: 5th April 2017
São Paulo Research Foundation and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Rolling
 
Arts and Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding
Deadline: Rolling
 
Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellows Scheme
Deadline: Rolling

JOBS

Research Assistant on International Law
University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge, UK
Deadline: 9th February 2017
 
Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law
University of Oxford
Location: Oxford, UK
Deadline: 13th February 2017

 
Junior Faculty position - Comparative Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Central European University
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Deadline: 28th February 2017
 
Project Associate-Security Force Monitor
Human Rights Institute, Columbia University
Location: U.S.A
Deadline: Rolling
Human Rights Consortium
School of Advanced Study
Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU, UK

 

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