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 to the anthropocentrism at the heart ...


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 the office’s priorities and strengthen ...


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 advocates, it can’t be business ...


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 are too often linked only to economic ...


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 impunity. Beset by controversy, and its ...


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 to end impunity for the worst crimes. ...


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 in law are misguided. The reason for ...


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 in New York. He will need to move ...


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 to protect civilians in Syria. Worse, ...


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 will play by the old rules and - if such ...