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Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

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Joseph Nye. 4/2/2019. Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump. Carr Center Discussion Paper Series. 2019005th ed. Cambridge: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. See full text.
Human Rights and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

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This working paper is a transcription of a talk given by Joseph Nye for the Carr Center's Fierce Urgency of Now lecture series. 

 

: Joseph Nye | Apr 2 2019
: This working paper is a transcription of a talk given by Joseph Nye for a Carr Center lecture series. 
Last updated on 02/07/2020

Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms.

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Marlese von Broembsen, Jenna Harvey, and Marty Chen. 3/5/2019. Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms. . Carr Center Discussion Paper Series. 2019004th ed. Cambridge: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. See full text.
Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms.

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Realizing Rights for Homeworkers: An Analysis of Governance Mechanisms Carr Center Discussion Paper: 

Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the labour rights violations in global supply chains, and indeed the governance of global supply chains, has become a pressing global issue. This paper evaluates key existing global and national supply chain governance mechanisms from the perspective of the most vulnerable workers in supply chains—informal homeworkers.

Read the full paper here: https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/files/cchr/files/ccdp_2019_004_realizing_rights.pdf

: Martha Chen et al. | Mar 5 2019
: Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh four years ago, the labour rights violations in global supply chains, and indeed the governance of global supply chains, has become a pressing global issue.
Last updated on 02/07/2020

Breaking the Ban? The Heterogeneous Impact of US Contestation of the Torture Norm

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Averell Schmidt and Kathryn Sikkink. 2/20/2019. “Breaking the Ban? The Heterogeneous Impact of US Contestation of the Torture Norm.” Journal of Global Security Studies, 4, 1, Pp. 105-122. See full text.
Breaking the Ban? The Heterogeneous Impact of US Contestation of the Torture Norm

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Breaking the Ban? The Heterogeneous Impact of US Contestation of the Torture Norm recent journal article by Kathryn Sikkink and Averell Schmidt

Following the attacks of 9/11, the United States adopted a policy of torturing suspected terrorists and reinterpreted its legal obligations so that it could argue that this policy was lawful. This article investigates the impact of these actions by the United States on the global norm against torture. After conceptualizing how the United States contested the norm against torture, the article explores how US actions impacted the norm across four dimensions of robustness: concordance with the norm, third-party reactions to norm violations, compliance, and implementation. This analysis reveals a heterogeneous impact of US contestation: while US policies did not impact global human rights trends, it did shape the behavior of states that aided and abetted US torture policies, especially those lacking strong domestic legal structures. The article sheds light on the circumstances under which powerful states can shape the robustness of global norms.

Read more here: https://academic.oup.com/jogss/article-abstract/4/1/105/5347914?redirectedFrom=fulltext

: Kathryn Sikkink et al. | Feb 20 2019
: Following the attacks of 9/11, the United States adopted a policy of torturing suspected terrorists and reinterpreted its legal obligations so that it could argue that this policy was lawful.
Last updated on 02/07/2020
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