David Petrasek is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, and Senior Editor at OpenGlobalRights.Espanol | French | Arabic |
Human and non-human rights – convergence or conflict?
On the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, claims to recognize non-human rights are advancing and pose challenges to the anthropocentrism at the heart of the human rights ...
Another one bites the dust—what future for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?
The early departure—yet again—of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights suggests it’s time to re-think the office’s priorities and strengthen its mandate.
Human rights and social justice—a false dichotomy?
By: David Petrasek
Even a narrow view of human rights will find at least some overlap with social justice demands, which are too often linked only to economic and social rights.
Introducing this week's theme: The International Criminal Court - from a troubled past, what future for International Justice?
The Rome Statute established the ICC with an independent Prosecutor and a robust and comprehensive mandate to end impunity for the worst crimes. But now, after ...
A do and don’t do list for the new High Commissioner
A new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has just been appointed - Prince Zeid, Jordan’s UN Ambassador in New York. He will need to move quickly to improve the ...