The Justice Cascade

The Justice Cascade

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




"The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics"

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In just three decades, state leaders in Latin America, Europe and Africa have lost their immunity to accountability for their human rights violations, becoming the subjects of highly publicized trials resulting in severe consequences. This shift is affecting the behavior of political leaders worldwide and may change the face of global politics as we know it. Kathryn Sikkink, author of The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics, lays out the empirical evidence. 

Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor and the McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She has a PhD in political science from Columbia University. Her publications include Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order, and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp). Her new book, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics, was published by W.W. Norton in 2011. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Association for Arts and Sciences, and a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Quarterly and International Organization.

A lecture by Dr. Sikkink, followed by comments from Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Assistant Professor Dustin Sharp, was offered on December 8 in celebration of International Human Rights Day.

Co-sponsored by University of San Diego School of Law; The Center on Global Justice, University of California, San Diego; United Nations Association–San Diego; Amnesty International–San Diego and the International Museum of Human Rights.

 The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, and certifies that this activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.5 hours of general credit.

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