Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodman & Pegram: National Human Rights Institutions, State Conformity, and Social Change

Ryan Goodman (New York Univ. - Law) & Thomas Innes Pegram (New York Univ. - Law) have posted National Human Rights Institutions, State Conformity, and Social Change (in Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions, Ryan Goodman & Thomas Pegram eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) – human rights commissions and ombudsmen – have gained recognition as a possible missing link in the transmission and implementation of international human rights norms at the domestic level. They are also increasingly accepted as important participants in global and regional forums where international norms are produced. By collecting innovative work from experts spanning international law, political science, sociology, and human rights practice, we critically examine the significance of this relatively new class of organizations. Our project focuses, in particular, on the prospects of these institutions to effectuate state compliance and social change. Consideration is given to the role of NHRIs in delegitimizing – though sometimes legitimizing – governments’ poor human rights records and in mobilizing – though sometimes demobilizing – civil society actors. We analyze the broader implications of such cross-cutting research for scholarship and practice in the fields of human rights and global politics in general.