David Petrasek

David Petrasek is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, and Senior Editor at OpenGlobalRights.

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Human and non-human rights – convergence or conflict?

December 10, 2018
By: David Petrasek
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On the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, claims to recognize non-human rights are advancing and pose challenges ...


Another one bites the dust—what future for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?

February 8, 2018
By: David Petrasek
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The early departure—yet again—of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights suggests it’s time to re-think ...


Trump’s election makes US human rights pariah

November 15, 2016
By: David Petrasek
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A Trump presidency poses a grave threat to human rights—not only in the US but also worldwide. For ...


Human rights and social justice—a false dichotomy?

November 10, 2015
By: David Petrasek

Even a narrow view of human rights will find at least some overlap with social justice demands, which ...


The ICC – breach in the dyke, or high water mark?

November 3, 2014
By: David Petrasek

The International Criminal Court has failed to live up to expectations that it would mark the end of ...


Introducing this week's theme: The International Criminal Court - from a troubled past, what future for International Justice?

November 3, 2014
By: David Petrasek & Archana Pandya

The Rome Statute established the ICC with an independent Prosecutor and a robust and comprehensive mandate ...


Beyond the courts – protecting economic and social rights

September 22, 2014
By: Irene Khan  & David Petrasek
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The overlapping and interdependent nature of human rights suggests efforts to protect only some rights ...


A do and don’t do list for the new High Commissioner

July 8, 2014
By: David Petrasek

A new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has just been appointed - Prince Zeid, Jordan’s UN Ambassador ...


R2P – hindrance not a help in the Syrian crisis

September 13, 2013
By: David Petrasek
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The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine has failed to build an international consensus for action ...


New powers won’t play by old rules

June 24, 2013
By: David Petrasek

Expecting new global powers to promote human rights abroad via the United Nations assumes that they ...