Theory, politics, practices

28 October 2015

Preparation: Everyone must read the Harold Koh piece, and one other from the selection beneath it:

And one from the following:


  • Do human rights treaties make a difference?
  • Human rights and anthropology: how are human rights translated locally?
  • What are national human rights commissions and what is their importance?
  • What is the role of domestic courts in enforcing human rights?
  • What is the role of social movements in enforcing human rights?
  • What are the “social determinants” of human rights?

Further readings:

The “effect of treaties” debate:


  • Fumitaka Furuoka, “Human Rights Conditionality and Aid Allocation: Case Study of Japanese Foreign Aid Policy” (2005) 4:2 Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 125-146
  • Matthews, R. O. & C. Pratt. Human rights in Canadian foreign policy (ed. McGill Queens Univ Pr, 1988)
  • M. Nowak, “Human Rights’ Conditionality’ in Relation to Entry to, and Full Participation in the EU” in The EU and human rights (Oxford University Press, 1999) at 687-98

Human rights and anthropology: