Research Papers

This list is for students and researchers interested in recent up-to-date scholarship on human rights issues. Please use it as you would reprints you request and receive through the mail from an individual author. It is designed for the purposes of education, research, and scholarly communication, and not for commercial use. Individuals may make only one copy of each Research Paper. Any other use of this site is not authorized by the author and may violate copyright.

Human Rights Research Papers:

Download unpublished papers by leading figures in the field of human rights scholarship examining issues as diverse as culture and rights, land rights in South Africa and truth recovery in Northern Ireland.

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Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR.

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Economic Rights Working Papers

About the Economic Rights Working Paper Series at the Human Rights Institute

The purpose of the series is to foster and promote research in the re-emerging area of economic rights. The series aims to be the clearinghouse for research in economic rights. It will be continuously updated. Typically, working papers in the series represent work in progress on any topic of economic rights and from any field. Published articles may also be included as a convenient way for scholars to access up-to-date research in their area of interest. In all cases the copyrights for the papers included in the series remain with the author or, if previously published, with the author and/or publisher. Those interested in submitting papers to the series should contact Lanse Minkler, Director of Socio-Economic Rights at the Human Rights Institute, at

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Recently Added Papers

“University of Connecticut Commencement and Acceptance Speech for Honorary Degreee, December 16, 2007” [pdf]
Charlotte Bunch, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University

“Fixing National Subjects in 1920’s Southern Balkans: Also an International Practice” [pdf]
Jane K. Cowan, University of Sussex

“The Supervised State” [pdf]
Jane K. Cowan, University of Sussex

"The Practice of Human rights" [pdf]
Mark Goodale, George Mason University and Sally Engle Merry, New York University

“Reparations for the Slave Trade: Rhetoric, Law, History and Political Realities” [pdf]
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair International Human Rights, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Memories of state violence: the past in the present” [pdf]
Elizabeth Jelin, Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Spring 2006, CONICET-IDES Buenos Aires, Argentina

Archived Papers

“Human Rights' Thomas Cushman. In the Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, Bryan Turner, Ed.,” [pdf]
Thomas Cushman, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College

"Germany, International Justice and the 20th Century" [pdf]
Paul Betts, Department of History, University of Sussex

Culture and Rights Anthropological Perspectives [pdf]
Jane K. Cowan, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex,
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Sussex Law School, University of Sussex and Richard Wilson, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

"The Tension between Combating Terrorism and Protecting Civil Rights" [pdf]
Hon. Richard J. Goldstone, Harvard Law School

Rights and Reasons: Challenges for Truth Recovery in South Africa and Northern Ireland [pdf]
Brandon Hamber, Research Associate of Democratic Dialogue in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa

Symbolic closure through memory, reparation and revenge in post-conflict societies [pdf]
Brandon Hamber, Research Associate of Democratic Dialogue in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa and
Richard Wilson, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

“Globalization, International Law and Human Rights”, Lecture presented on September 20, 2005 for the Human Rights Institute – University of Connecticut [pdf]
David Held, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance

The Private Side of Global Governance [pdf]
Shareen Hertel, Human Rights Institute & Department of Political Science,University of Connecticut

"Human Rights" or “Property"? State, society and the landless in South Africa [pdf]
Deborah James, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics

“Children’s Rights in Turkey” [pdf]
Kathryn Libal, Department of Women Studies, University of Connecticut

“Rights in Collision: A Non-Punitive, Compensatory Remedy for Abusive Speech,"
Law and Philosophy, 14 (2), 1995: 203-243. Also reprinted in Being Yourself: Essays on Identity, Action, and Social Experience (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004)
Diana Meyers, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut
Diana Meyers faculty website

"How not to Promote Democracy and Human Rights" [pdf]
Aryeh Neier, President Open Society Institute

“Reports from the Frontlines: Child Slaves in the Cocoa Fields of the Ivory Coast” [pdf]
U. Roberto (Robin) Romano, Filmmaker, Photographer and Human Rights Educator

"Global Human Rights Institutions and Regional Diffusion" [pdf]
Heather M. Smith, University of California, San Diego

Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Politics [pdf]
Richard Wilson, Director, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut