Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Monograph on People Power and Human Rights

At 12 noon EST on January 11, Professor Elizabeth Wilson will be presenting a free webinar on her new monograph "People Power Movements and International Human Rights" (published by the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict) as part of ICNC's webinar series.  Register for the webinar  here .   

On January 25, the Atlantic Council will be hosting a launch event in Washington, D.C., for Professor Wilson’s monograph.  The event is open to the public.  Registration is available on the Atlantic Council website through this link.

According to Professor Wilson:

"International human rights law did not come into existence top-down, out of the benevolent intentions of states, even though states eventually began to recognize that large-scale human rights abuses could pose a threat to the international order. Rather, it came into existence from the bottom-up efforts of ordinary people in civil society to ally with each other in solidarity and demand their rights, often through organized nonviolent campaigns and movements that pressured elites and powerholders to recognize or grant individual rights (freedom for slaves, women’s rights, labor rights, and children’s rights, to name a few). Unlike international law generally, the real source of international human rights law has been the coordinated, organized and nonviolently forceful efforts of individuals—in other words, what one can refer to as people power."

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