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Human Rights, Migration, and Global Governance

Plenary Sessions
Plenary I Push and Pull:
Understanding and addressing the root causes of mass displacement and migration
Plenary II State Responsibilities, Human Vulnerabilities:
Mitigating the consequences of mass displacement and migration
Plenary III The UDHR at 70:
The UN system, human rights and global governance

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.

We welcome proposals for individual workshop papers and full workshop panels addressing the themes related to these dynamics, as well as other proposals related to topics of the United Nations, global governance and human rights.

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

A Special Thank You to Our Host and Co-Sponsors
>    LUISS University
>    Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
>    Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association
>    Human Rights Research Committee
>   International Political Science Association Standing Group on Human Rights and Transitional Justice, European Consortium for Political Research