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Monday, April 27, 2009
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein Building, Room 219.

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Lunchtime Brown-bag:

The Carr Center's Measurement & Human Rights Program Presents:

Making Courts Count:
International Human Rights Tribunals and the Problem of Measuring Compliance

Please join us for the first in a series of brown bag lunchtime presentations designed to highlight the work of the associate fellows of the Carr Center's Measurement & Human Rights Program. Over the course of the academic year, these talented scholars have, among other projects, been working to develop and refine publication-quality policy papers focusing on different aspects of measurement's role in the sphere of human rights. This week, Associate Fellow Courtney Hillebrecht will be presenting her research.

Presenter: Courtney Hillebrecht, Associate Fellow, Measurement & Human Rights Program.
Moderator: Andrea Rossi, Director, Measurement & Human Rights Program.


This presentation will address two critical concerns of international human rights tribunals:

  • Compliance with their rulings, and
  • Measuring the impact that the courts have on domestic politics and the protection of human rights.

Extant measures of compliance suffer from ambiguity and inconsistency, exacerbating the tribunals' ability to foster compliance, their capacity to understand their own successes and failures, and ultimately, their legitimacy and authority. By examining the implications of the current measurement system, this project identifies a major gap in the theory and practice of human rights tribunals and posits an alternative approach to measuring compliance with international human rights courts.

So come, bring your lunch, and enjoy what promises to be a fruitful hour of discourse and discussion.


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