Sessions for 2017

Section sessions: Human Rights and Law from Above and Below: Comparative Perspectives

Part 1 (invited with David Frank, University of California at Irvine; Hassan Abdel Salam, Dartmouth College; Elizabeth Heger Boyle, University of Minnesota, Monika Krause, Goldsmiths, University of London; and as discussant: Christopher Roberts, University of Minnesota)

Part 2 (open submission, Frank Munger, New York Law School, Organizer <>)

Description: Two paired sessions, co-sponsored by the sections on the Sociology of Law and Human Rights. Papers in these sessions will explore the relationship between law and human rights. Questions include: how do legal guarantees secure human rights, and how do they fail to do so? How do human rights guarantees generate (or not) mobilization of law? How do human rights shape legal consciousness, and how does legal consciousness shape human rights? Papers will address these issues from a comparative perspective, across social groups, regional and national contexts. Law established by states and international actors, as well as legal mobilization from below and legal consciousness will be addressed.

Roundtables on the Sociology of Human Rights: Lynette Chua, University of Singapur, Organizer <>

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2016 – 2017 Chair and Council Members

Congratulations to the following:
Chair Elect Kiyoter Tsutsui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Secretary Treasurer: Annie Fukushima, University of Utah
Council Members: Elizabeth Boyle, University of Minnesota; Robin Stryker, University of Arizona
Grad Student Representative: Vivian Shaw
Please also join me in thanking our Nominations Committee, Chaired by David Brunsma and including Susan Pearce and Melanie Bush.
We also welcome Joachim Savelsberg as the Human Rights Section Chair for 2016 – 2017.
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Calling for professional resource submissions: syllabi, documentaries, etc.

Please submit any syllabi, documentaries, or other teaching materials you would like to see uploaded to the website via the webmaster, or the webpage development commitee. To make the process of uploading and organization easier, please label your material with your name, and what the file includes:

ie: LauraI. Syllabus, 2015. (etc. etc.)

Having this labeled will make uploading into the system easy, as well as allow us to better maintain organization whenever we made website changes in the future.

Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support!

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2015 Election Results

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to share with you the results for our section election:

Chair-Elect (1-year term begins in 2015; becomes Chair in 2016):

Joachim Savelsberg , University of Minnesota

Council Members (3-year term begins in 2015)

David G. Embrick, Loyola University

 Lindsey Peterson, Mississippi State University

Student Representative (2-year term begins in 2015):

 Jennifer Cheek, Mississippi State University

A warm welcome, and congratulations to our new representatives, and genuine “Thank you!” to everyone that offered their services to the section during this election cycle.

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Welcome to the ASA Human Rights Webpage! Please Check On Our Progress, Regularly!

Hello members and readers!

The ASA Human Rights section is working hard to get you an up to date website. In the mean time, if you have questions please visit the following pages, or leave us a comment:

American Sociological Association Section on Human Rights

We can also be found on Facebook!

Thank you, and please check back often!


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