Call for Papers: Protecting Human Rights: Duties and Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors. University of Glasgow 18-19 June 2012.

The Steering Committee of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Human Rights Section, the Council of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Human Rights Research Committee, and the Executive Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) Human Rights Section announce their second joint international conference on the theme “Protecting Human Rights: Duties and Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors” to take place on 18-19 June 2012 at the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, hosted by the Glasgow Human Rights Network.

The 2005 World Summit recognized the responsibility to protect. While this may have, in sense, been a normative revolution, in another sense it was just one more in a long list of human rights responsibilities states have taken on over the last 65 years as the modern human rights regime has developed. Less attention has been focused on the growing number of responsibilities accruing to non-state actors. Further, while the discussion regarding responsibility to protect, to a large extent, has focused on military intervention, other responsibilities related to post-conflict situations, in particular, have been identified – such as those related to transitional justice and other post-confict processes. Yet, all of these international declarations and norm-making activities raise as many questions as they answer about the willingness of relevant actors to live up to their responsibilities, as well as potential conflicts between responsibilities. This conference will examine the wide range of human rights duties and responsibilities accruing to state and non-state actors. It will be significantly multidisciplinary in character, being open to legal, philosophical, political, sociological and other perspectives. The conference will examine the following questions and topics, among others: •What is the nature of human rights responsibilities? •Have these responsibilities translated into appropriate action? •How do we define such appropriate action, and who holds these responsibilities? •How does the international community address conflicting responsibilities? •What types of human rights responsibilities do non-state actors have? •What is the relationship between rights, duties and responsibilities? •Dealing with past wrongs and failed responsibilities The conference format will be a mixture of small panels (no more than 3 papers) with plenary keynote sessions. We hope that small panels will facilitate discussion and interchange among the participants, and the overall conference format will contribute to an intimate and relaxed two days. Confirmed keynote speakers to date include: Edward Luck, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch Alan Miller, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission Henry Shue, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

The deadline for paper submissions is 1 November. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail by 1 December. The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow.

Updated information on the conference will be available here:

For questions about paper submissions and other aspects of the program please contact the Program Chair, Clair Apodaca, at

For all other queries related to the conference, please contact the Conference Chair, Kurt Mills, at


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