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Human Rights, Migration and Global Governance
Call for Papers

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For Secretary-General António Guterres, who was the High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade (2005–2015) before being elected to lead the UN, one of the most pressing issues currently facing the world body is the large-scale voluntary and involuntary (forced) movement of people across borders. While 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, political, economic, and environmental dysfunction and collapse in their own countries has driven a record high number of people to seek a safer or better life elsewhere. Equally present especially in the West, have been counter-reactions to immigration based on political, social, economic, and security concerns. One reason the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, with Prime Minister Theresa May triggering “Brexit”, is because of voters’
concerns over the perceived threat of uncontrollable migration. President Trump likewise won office in the US election in part by appealing to many American voters’ fears of immigrants – whether from Mexico (the ‘wall’) or from conflict zones such as Syria.

The global governance and human rights issues in this contemporary era are manifest and complex. The Sustainable Development Goals will be impossible to achieve in the context of state failure, political conflicts, major climate disruptions, and mass population displacements. The rights of citizens also must be balanced against the rights of those fleeing persecution and desperation; more often, the latter are disregarded as populist movements refocus national discourses away from cosmopolitan ideals. These complex ‘wicked problems’ present severe contemporary challenges for the institutions, as well as the idea (and ideals), of global governance.

The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) now is accepting Workshop paper and panel proposals for presentation at its twenty-eighth Annual Meeting, July 12–14, 2018 at LUISS University in Rome, Italy, in cooperation with several Human Rights partner bodies. Proposals addressing the Annual Meeting theme, and issues raised in the introductory note, in addition to other topics relating to the UN system and the broader mandate of the Academic Council, will be considered.

Current ACUNS and Human Rights partner organizations’ members in good standing (including new members) will be given priority consideration for their proposals, but non-members are welcome to submit proposals.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Annual Meeting is Monday February 5, 2018.

Submission Guidelines
To submit a single or co-authored paper proposal, please click here.

To submit a panel proposal, please click here.

ACUNS does not require that papers be completed and submitted before the Annual Meeting.
Paper submission is voluntary, but ACUNS does hope to upload as many revised papers as possible after the Annual Meeting. These papers are featured in our scholarly articles library and advertised through our E-Update with an audience of over 3,500 people.

To submit completed papers, email [email protected] with a copy of your paper attached as a word document or a PDF. All papers submitted as word documents will be converted to PDFs for electronic display.

If preferred, presenters may submit a powerpoint presentation in lieu of a paper.

General Writing Guidelines:

  • 20–25 pages, typed on standard 8 1/2″ by 11″
  • Double-spaced (2.0 spacing in MS Word)
  • 12 point Arial font
  • Follow the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Use footnotes rather than endnotes