Events

Wednesday 06 June 2018, 12:30 - 14:00

Human Rights Treaty Obligations and State Commitment

Wayne Sandholtz

Professor of International Relations and Law, University of Southern California

Room P2-S3, Maison de la paix

Abstract:

Research on human rights treaty commitment analyzes the costs of ratifying treaties in terms of regime type and other state-level attributes.  But little scholarship to date has analyzed the effects of treaty design, in particular, the substance of treaty obligations, on the likelihood of ratification. We analyze new data that code every provision of ten global human rights treaties for the strength and precision of the obligations they contain.  We classify obligations that are strong, precise, and that require domestic action as “demanding.”  We hypothesize that treaties containing more of these demanding obligations would be seen as more costly to ratify because they imply potentially greater policy adaptation or compliance costs.  Event history analyses are consistent with that hypothesis.

 

Speaker:

  • Wayne Sandholtz, John A. McCone Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Law, University of Southern California
     

Discussant:

  • James Hollway,  Assistant Professor, International Relations/Political Science, The Graduate Institute, Geneva



This lecture is part of the Global Governance Colloquium series.

A light sandwich lunch will be served as of 12.15



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