Food for Thought: "Global Good Samaritans: Human Rights as Foreign Policy" - Dr. Alison Brysk

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 11:45 AM
CIGI, Seagram Room, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
May 22

"Global Good Samaritans: Human Rights as Foreign Policy"

How and why do some states promote principled humanitarian foreign policies? Visiting Fulbright Scholar Alison Brysk will outline her comparative study of the potential and pitfalls of human rights promotion by Sweden, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Japan, South Africa—and of course, Canada. She will introduce the final phase of the project, which seeks to determine how such principled promoters can work together in inter-governmental venues and like-minded coalitions.

A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

Speaker Bio

Alison Brysk is Professor of International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Brysk’s previous positions include Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University (1996-97), and Assistant Professor at both Pomona College (1992-95) and the University of New Mexico (1990-92). She has been a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Professor at a number of distinguished institutions around the world, among them the University of South Africa (2006), Leiden University (2006) in the Netherlands; the United Nations University (2006) in Japan; Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2005) in Spain; and Lund University (2004) in Sweden. She was recently named the 2007-2008 recipient of the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research by the University of California Academic Senate. In the fall 2006, Brysk was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in support of her research on "Global Good Samaritans." Alison Brysk’s latest publications include National Insecurity and Human Rights: Democracies Debate Counter-Terror (2007); Human Rights and Private Wrongs: Constructing Global Civil Society (2005); People out of Place: Globalization and the Citizenship Gap (2004); Globalization and Human Rights (2002).

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