Policy and Practice Series: 'Human Rights Pragmatism in a Reactionary World.'
Geoff Dancy - Tulane University
The global human rights projects seems everywhere to be in retreat. The International Criminal Court is in a legitimacy crisis, NGOs are being targeted by restrictive laws, and rights claims are taking a backseat to security and nativism. Amid these developments, it is easy to call it the end for human rights. In this talk, I will argue first that human rights institutions and activism are still contributing to various improvements in the world. Second, I will make the case for ‘human rights pragmatism' to counter the challenges posed by identity and security politics.
Geoff Dancy received his Ph.D at the University of Minnesota in 2013, and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University. He studies international human rights law, transitional justice, repression, and political violence. His current book project is called Beyond Backlash: A Pragmatist Approach to Human Rights Law and Activism.