Human rights

Torture after 9.11: the Asia-Pacific context workshop

The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) is holding a Workshop on “Torture after 9.11: The Asia-Pacific Context”

The workshop will examine the current state of the norm against torture with particular emphasis on understandings and practices around torture in the Asia-Pacific region.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

21st Century Regulation and Governance Challenges

Innovations Theatre, Eggleston Road (corner with Garran Road), ANU
Symposium: ‘21st Century Regulation and Governance Challenges’
Let eminent scholars in the fields of regulation, governance and policy take you on a tour de force of regulatory approaches to the major societal and environmental challenges of our time. Themes include: crime, human rights, climate change, and health equity. You can now view the full program under the ‘downloads’ tab on this event page.

Food sovereignty and the International Peasants’ Movement

Farmer's market

Author/s (editor/s):

Dr Emma Larking

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Publication type:

Journal article

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Mobilising for food sovereignty: the pitfalls of international human rights strategies and an exploration of alternatives

This article considers the role played by the language of human rights in a global campaign for food sovereignty. Led initially by the international peasants’ movement, Vía Campesina, the campaign opposes the globalisation of agricultural markets and neoliberal interventions in food production. Alongside other strategies, the campaign makes creative use of human rights and also seeks their institutionalisation in a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants. An examination of how the campaign employs human rights reveals a more complicated process than that suggested by the theoretical polarisation of ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ accounts of rights development in the sociology of human rights. It demonstrates both wariness of state power and attempts to harness the power of the state against international forces. It also shows that a desire for legal reform co-exists with the struggle for more radical social and political transformations.


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