A talk by Prof. Kathryn Sikkink from the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, about her new book, "The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics." This lecture was co-sponsored by the UCLA International Human Rights Law Program.
Acclaimed scholar Kathryn Sikkink examines the important and controversial new trend of holding political leaders criminally accountable for human rights violations.
Grawemeyer Award winner Kathryn Sikkink offers a landmark argument for human rights prosecutions as a powerful political tool. She shows how, in just three decades, state leaders in Latin America, Europe, and Africa have lost their immunity from any accountability for their human rights violations, becoming the subjects of highly publicized trials resulting in severe consequences. This shift is affecting the behavior of political leaders worldwide and may change the face of global politics as we know it.
Drawing on extensive research and illuminating personal experience, Sikkink reveals how the stunning emergence of human rights prosecutions has come about; what effect it has had on democracy, conflict, and repression; and what it means for leaders and citizens everywhere, from Uruguay to the United States. The Justice Cascade is a vital read for anyone interested in the future of world politics and human rights.
Professor Sikkink works on the role of ideas and norms in the international system and in domestic politics, with emphasis on the origins and effects of international human rights ideas and regimes. She is especially interested in how transnational social movements and networks have developed new norms and pressured states and international organizations to change practices. Her current research focuses on the dramatic increase in international, foreign, and domestic human rights trials in the world.
Professor Sikkink's other publications include Ideas and Institutions: Developmentalism in Brazil and Argentina; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics, (co-authored with Margaret Keck), winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order (1999) and the International Studies Association's Chadwick Alger Award for best work in the area of international organization (1999); and Mixed Messages: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America (2004).
Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and has a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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