Ann Marie Clark (Purdue University) joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss her new book 'Demands of Justice: The Creation of a Global Human Rights Practice' (Cambridge). A discussant will then offer some reflections before an audience Q&A.
About the book: Demands of Justice draws on original interviews and archival research to show how global appeals for human rights began in the 1970s to expand the boundaries of the global neighbourhood and disseminate new arguments about humane concern and law in direct opposition to human rights violations. Turning a justice lens on human rights practice, Clark argues that human rights practice offers tools that enrich three facets of global justice: transnational expressions of simple concern, the political realization of justice through politics and law, and new but still incomplete approaches to social justice. A key case study explores the origins of Amnesty International's well-known Urgent Action alerts for individuals, as well as temporal change in the use of law in such appeals. A second case study, of Oxfam's adoption of rights language, demonstrates the spread of human rights as a primary way of expressing calls for justice in the world.
About the author: Ann Marie Clark is Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, Indiana. Her research interests include norms and discourse in international relations; international human rights in theory and practice; the influence of non-governmental organizations on state behavior; global justice; and how changing ideas about justice take hold in global politics.
Moderator: Kari Otteburn (KU Leuven)