Rhoda Howard-Hassmann of Wilfrid Laurier University explores the development of contemporary understandings of human rights, as well as existing barriers to the continued realization of comprehensive rights regimes. For Howard-Hassmann, one can trace a substantive evolution in the historically statist discourse of human rights, with responsibilities now thought to impact interstate organizations, transnational corporations, and individuals themselves. Although new rights holders have been identified, human rights regimes can currently be imagined as elaborate, yet ultimately incomplete. In responding to this concern, Howard-Hassmann points to the processes of normative socialization, human rights social movements, technological advancements, and soft law developments. Although prospects for supra-state enforcement remain limited within the realm of global governance, inter-regime replicability and engagement by regional organizations offer new opportunities for consideration moving forward.
Works by Rhoda Howard-Hassmann
- Rhoda Howard-Hassmann. (2008). Reparations to Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Rhoda Howard-Hassmann. (2009). Globalization. In Encyclopedia of Human Rights. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Rhoda Howard-Hassmann. (2010, forthcoming). Can globalization promote human rights? Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press.
- Rhoda Howard-Hassmann and Claude E. Welch Jr. (Eds.). (2006). Economic rights in Canada and the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Mark Gibney, Jean-Marc Coicaud and Niklaus Steiner. (Eds.). (2007). The age of apology: Facing up to the past. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Brysk, Alison. (2005). Human rights and private wrongs: Constructing global civil society. New York: Routledge.
- Donnelly, Jack. (2003). Universal human rights in theory and practice (2nd ed.) Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- Forsythe, David. (2006). Human rights in international relations (2nd ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Ishay, Micheline. (2004). The history of human rights: From ancient times to the globalization era. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Background
Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights (2003);
Professor, Department of Global Studies and Balsillie School of International Affairs
Recorded on June 2010