2022 Scholar: Alison Brysk

Tuesday, July 12 – Thursday, July 14, 2022
8:30 –10 a.m.

This year’s Scholar in Residence program will take place both in-person* at the Hall of Christ and virtually via Zoom.

RSVP to: 716-357-6404 or email rsvp@chq.org

*In-person participation will be limited due to venue capacity.

This program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Edward L. Anderson, Jr. Foundation.

The Future of Human Rights: Emerging Challenges

Overarching theme:

Human rights have fallen on hard times, but are needed now more than ever.  What can we learn from a generation of scholarship on the lagging gaps and contested frontiers of human rights?  We will trace the lessons and challenges of people all over the world who use human rights to claim freedom, justice, and dignity. 

Day 1: The Future is Female

How do global trends engender women’s rights—and generate new challenges? We will consider worldwide struggles to expand gender equity, counter gender violence, and defend reproductive rights. 

Day 2: The Future of Accountability

How can we gain accountability for human rights abuse in a globalizing world? We will track the growth of transitional justice, attempts at universal jurisdiction, and rising international institutions.

Day 3: Human Rights and The Future of Migration

Can universal rights offer protection of migrants beyond citizenship? We will examine the challenges of forced displacement and the breakdown of the refugee regime, along with rising human trafficking and labor exploitation?  

Recommended Reading: The Future of Human Rights

Alison Brysk's headshot

About the Facilitator

Alison Brysk is the Distinguished Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author or editor of fifteen books on international human rights, most recently The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence Against Women at The Frontiers of Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2018) and The Future of Human Rights (Polity Press, 2018). Professor Brysk has been selected Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association; a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; a Fulbright Professor in Canada, India, and at Oxford; a Taiwan Fellow; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.