Admission Price: Free to attend, please book a place
Speaker: Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Discussant: Dr Iosif Kovras, Dept of International Politics, City, UoL
NB: This Keynote Lecture is preceded by a Policy Roundtable discussion “The present and future of the refugee crisis”. For more information and to register for the roundtable event click here
Summary: Is there a future for human rights in the era of Trump and Brexit? The post-crisis policies of austerity, coupled with the electoral rise of populist leaders, and the EU’s management of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean have posed novel challenges for the most vulnerable groups. Moreover, the application of new technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for human rights advocates. Professor Alison Brysk (UCSB) will address these pressing issues in her keynote lecture.
Bios: Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For her outstanding work in human-rights scholarship she has received numerous award, including the ‘Distinguished Scholar’ in Human Rights by the International Studies Association (2016) and the American Political Studies Association (2018). In more than two decades of research into human rights issues, from torture to trafficking, she has learned not only what makes a human rights crusade successful, but also how a regional injustice can become an international cause that eventually leads to lasting global change. She has written/edited 10 books and published numerous papers and articles about effective strategies for creating large-scale social change. Her most recent book, titled ‘The future of Human Rights’ (Polity, 2018), offers a broad and authoritative guide to the big questions in global human rights governance today.