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Contentious Rights: A Comparative Study of International Human Rights Norms and their Effects on Domestic Social Conflict

Contentious Rights: A Comparative Study of International Human Rights Norms and their Effects on Domestic Social Conflict

Objective

Contentious Rights: A Comparative Study of International Human Rights Norms and their Effects on Domestic Social Conflict

Over the last 60 years, a broad set of international norms gained importance as instruments to regulate a globalising world. Enshrined in human rights conventions, these norms contribute to strengthen a platform for social mobilization and voice. The introduction of human rights standards at the domestic level, however, has also been responsible for the generation of new tensions on the interpretation and application of these norms. Yet, this type of conflict and polarization among social and political actors remain widely unexplored. This project will examine how ‘human rights act in practice’ in the post-ratification phase using a multidisciplinary perspective and an empirical comparative approach. More precisely, it addresses the task of identifying the conditions under which international norms generate consensus and cooperation or fragmentation and conflict between domestic social and political actors and the consequences in terms of human rights practices. The candidate fellow Dr. Lorenza Fontana will focus on a comparative analysis of two conventions (International Labor Organization’s Conventions 182 on Child Labor and 189 on Domestic Workers) in two countries (Bolivia and Philippines) and lead an interdisciplinary collaboration between Prof. Jean Grugel (University of Sheffield, SIID), and Prof. Beth Simmons (Harvard University, WCFIA). This project will greatly increase our understanding of the effects of human rights norms on domestic societies and provide policy relevant results.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

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Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 269 857,80

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THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

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PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 655710

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    17 January 2016

  • End date

    8 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 269 857,80

  • EU contribution

    € 269 857,80

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom