Lecture Series 2013/14

Thur 26 Sept 5.15pm

Roundtable on Syria

Prof. Robin Geiss, School of Law; Dr. Naomi Head, School of Social and Political Sciences; Dr. Kurt Mills, School of Social and Political Sciences; Dr. Cian O'Driscoll, School of Social and Political Sciences; Dr. James Sloan, School of Law What are the ethical, legal, political and practical dimensions of the conflict in Syria? How should the international community respond? What responsibilities do we have to protect people in a situation like Syria? Senate Room, Main Building, A10
Thur 10 Oct 5.30pm

Sakharov Prize Panel Discussion


The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.  The European Parliament Office in Scotland and the Glasgow Human Rights Network host this event at which students will mirror the process by which MEPs choose the winner of the Sakharov Prize.

Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Bulding, C8
Thu 31 Oct 5.15pm

Minority Rights in Pakistan


Sheraz Khan, former Journalist Assist News Service, USA

This presentation will examine the situation of minorities in Pakistan, including economic disenfranchisement, social marginalisation, and the overall place of minorities in the social and cultural fabric of society. It will also discuss the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and how they have negatively affected inter-faith and communal relations. Gannochy Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, C8
Wed 13 Nov 5.15pm

Update on the Arab Spring

Moderator: Dr Kurt Mills, School of Social and Political Sciences

Discussants: Ahmed Ben Aessa, University of Glasgow; Keith Hammond, University of Glasgow; Naomi Head, University of Glasgow; Anthony Lang, University of St. Andrews; Adham Saouli, University of Edinburgh

Two and half years ago, the Arab world erupted in protest and there were high hopes for sweeping social and political change. Since then, we have witnessed elections, a military intervention, a military coup, mass atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons, and millions of displaced people. What went wrong? To what extent have the hopes of 2011 been fulfilled and to what extent have they been dashed? What does the aftermath of the Arab Spring say more generally about the possibilities for sweeping social and political change? Senate Room, Main Building, A10
Thu 23 Jan 5.15pm

The Family, Sexuality, and Human Rights in Global Perspective

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Chair: Dr Vikki Turbine

Dr Kelly Kollman

Dr Roona Simpson

Dr Matthew Waites

The speakers will discuss their recent books:

Kelly Kollman (2013) The Same-Sex Unions Revolution in Western Democracies (Manchester University Press)

Lynn Jamieson and Roona Simpson (2013) Living Alone: Globalization, Identity, Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan)

Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites (eds.) (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Sir Charles Wilson Building Basement Seminar Room, E15
Tue 18 Feb 6.00pm

Annual Human Rights Lecture

Self-Determination in the 21st Century: Scotland's Phoenix or a Pandora's Box?

Organised jointly by GHRN and the Stevenson Trust for Citizenship.

Professor Hurst Hannum, Tufts University, USA

The concept of self-determination has gone through a number of transformations since its articulation in the 18th century as a symbol of nationalist supremacy. Its role as flag-bearer for post-1945 decolonisation was a cornerstone of international law, but its subsequent utilisation has been more controversial. Is self-determination still relevant today, in a world essentially covered by independent states? Was the breakup of former Yugoslavia an aberration or a reflection of resurgent nationalism, as expressed from the Caucuses to Spain to South Sudan? Advocates of Scotland's independence have added new elements to pro-secessionist arguments, and they may force us to rethink what should be "determined" by which "selves", as the world continues to integrate and fragment simultaneously.

Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre, E15