“Confronting the Crisis in Human Rights Enforcement"
2013 Colt Conference Lecture
Our guest speaker will be Robert Donia
The international human rights movement is facing a crisis of enforcement, a crisis brought on by the collapse of the key enforcement mechanisms that proponents of human rights have relied upon since the Second World War. Several acquittals at the ad hoc UN tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda have shown international courts to be unreliable instruments of justice, while ambivalence and deadlock among the world’s leading powers have precluded an effective response to recent human rights abuses in the Middle East. Policy-makers and citizens alike need to recognize the gravity of this crisis and explore alternative means of promoting human rights objectives around the globe. Donia makes the case for relying less on international judicial redress while increasing legislative and executive actions to deter human rights abuses and intervene swiftly to end them when the occur.