503 human rights
Our readings this week concern the question of why states adopt human rights treaties and join human rights organizations. We also learn about NGOs and transnational advocacy networks, and the challenges they face. Please compose a post that addresses each of the following questions:
- How do we determine whether human rights IOs are effective?
- Which types are most effective: human rights treaties, NGOs, or transnational advocacy networks?
I look forward to reading your posts and providing feedback on the discussions.
Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 500 words
Benjamin, Dave. 2009. “Protecting the Protectors: NGO Action and the Responsibility to Protect.” International Journal on World Peace 26(1): 31-50.
Hathaway, Oona. 2007. “Why Do Countries Commit to Human Rights Treaties?” Journal of Conflict Resolution 51(4): 588-621.
Keck, Margaret and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. “Chapter 1: Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Politics: Introduction.” In Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1998. Pages 1-38.
Meernik, James, Rosa Aloisi, Marsha Sowell, and Angela Nichols. 2012. “The Impact of Human Rights Organizations on Naming and Shaming Campaigns”. The Journal of Conflict Resolution 56 (2): 233–56. JSTOR:
Schneider, Christina. 2011. “Weak States and Institutionalized Bargaining Power in International Organizations.” International Studies Quarterly 55(2): 331-355.
Wotipka, C. M. and K. Tsutsui. 2008. “Global Human Rights and State Sovereignty: Nation-States’ Ratifications of International Human Rights Treaties, 1965-2001.” Sociological Forum 23(4): 724-754.
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