Inequality and Human Rights Conference, University of Texas, 7 – 8 April 2016

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Call for Papers

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016.

Since the current global financial crisis began in 2008, income and wealth inequality both within and between countries has come under attack from multiple perspectives. While there is much methodological debate about how best to measure economic inequality globally, many of the figures are alarming. According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, half the world’s wealth is now owned by just 1% of the population, while the least well-off 50% own just 1% of global wealth.

Poverty, wealth and economic inequality are neither natural nor innate. Processes of impoverishment and uneven accumulation are produced, stabilized and sometimes challenged through legal and institutional arrangements, market competition, and social struggles.To date, human rights approaches to social and economic rights have primarily focused on poverty alleviation and the guarantee of basic rights. While not insignificant, these approaches have rarely attended to issues of extreme wealth or the social distribution of wealth.

We invite papers from any discipline that consider whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world?

We particularly encourage papers that consider these questions through contextualized examination of key sites of struggles over the distribution of income, benefits, access, decision-making power, and risk exposure. Such sites might include policies and practices around taxation, money and finance, debt (both sovereign and personal), development, natural resources and the environment, education, intellectual property, borders and migration, labor, housing, land ownership, and military intervention. Although our focus is on economic inequality, we also encourage papers that attend to the ways in which it interacts with other forms of inequality, such as those based on gender, race, nationality and physical and mental ability.

Please send an abstract of under 600 words to Julia Dehm (jdehm@law.utexas.edu) by December 1, 2015. A limited number of travel grants are available to support travel costs for selected participants who are unable to receive financial support from their home institutions. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please complete an application form (available at https://goo.gl/Jk33Ai).

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  16 comments for “Inequality and Human Rights Conference, University of Texas, 7 – 8 April 2016

  1. Sara Neupane
    20 November 2015 at 10:47 am

    I have been working as a Human Rights Defender in one of the most prominent national level NGOs in Nepal, Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC). I really wish to attend the conference but since my organization is a not-for-profit NGO, I would request the organizers to support me with the travel grant so that I will be able to attend the conference.

    • Admin
      20 November 2015 at 10:55 am

      Hello Sara,

      Please take the steps stated in the last sentence of the call for papers: “If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please complete an application form ( available at https://goo.gl/Jk33Ai )C4P-​Inequality-​and-​Human-​Rights”

      Best wishes,

      CLT

  2. mbah Ivo Teboh
    23 November 2015 at 1:45 am

    Following the publication of the date of the conference. I am a Cameroonian by nationality living in Norway. I am current phd student researching on the Topic multinational corporations and human right challenges in Cameroon In addition I am equally a masters student in the School of Mission and Theology Norway studying global studies. l will be please to take part in the conference.

  3. mbah Ivo Teboh
    1 December 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Good morning i wish to find whether someone can attend the conference with his funds from his pocket.

  4. mbah Ivo Teboh
    3 December 2015 at 11:06 am

    I have the honor to write and apply for permission to attend the human right conference schedule for 7-8 of April 2008. I am master student in the school of mission and theology (mhs) Norway. and a current phd student in cameroon. I will be please if you will consider my application. I am capable of finance my trip from Norway to United state of America. This conference is fundamental to me since it fall within the framework of my research topic
    Thank you for your attention.

    • Admin
      3 December 2015 at 11:18 am

      Please address your questions to Julia Dehm by email: jdehm@​law.​utexas.​edu

  5. mbah Ivo Teboh
    3 December 2015 at 11:08 am

    I have the honor to write and apply for permission to attend the human right conference schedule for 7-8 of April 2016. I am master student in the school of mission and theology (mhs) Norway. and a current phd student in cameroon. I will be please if you will consider my application. I am capable of finance my trip from Norway to United state of America. This conference is fundamental to me since it fall within the framework of my research topic
    Thank you for your attention.

    • Admin
      3 December 2015 at 11:17 am

      Please address your questions to Julia Dehm by email: jdehm@​law.​utexas.​edu

  6. Lokoho Ehomba Lambert
    26 December 2015 at 8:21 pm

    hi guys,
    I have the honor to write and apply for permission to attend the human right conference schedule for 7 – 8 of April 2016 can u please send me the link to apply ?

  7. Lokoho Ehomba Lambert
    26 December 2015 at 8:23 pm

    hi guys,
    I have the honor to write and apply for permission to attend the human right conference schedule for 7 – 8 of April 2016 can u please send me the link to apply ?

  8. Yeshwa Younas
    17 January 2016 at 9:28 am

    Provided Link is not found

  9. Dil Bishwakarma
    5 February 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    So far as you know that the caste based discrimination has been prevailing in Nepal since the history and inequality naming ‘Dalit-untouchable’ is occurring in our society. Due to the caste based discrimination more 5 million people are facing the untouchability, torture, abuse and violence along with poverty. I represent from the community and working in Dalit NGO Federation (DNF) . Hence, I would like to take part to the conference and share our discriminatory problems to world people. Also, I would like to get the further knowledge that how we tackle such challenges.
    I need you your supports for the travel grant and others to participate to the grand conference.

  10. Gopal Thapa Chhetri
    5 March 2016 at 9:51 am

    Good day
    This is Gopal Thapa Chhetri from Nepal and I am representing NGO from Nepal. Our organisation members want to participate in the conference and some of the member of parliament also wanted to participate in the conference. Please send me details about group participation and fees.
    Thanking you
    Gopal Thapa Chhetri
    Nepal

  11. Gyaneshwar Koirala
    16 March 2016 at 4:07 am

    Sir/Mam,
    I am Advocate, being practiced in Nepal . I want to take part the human right conference scheduled for 7 – 8 of April 2016. I am capable of finance my trip from Nepal to United state of America would you please send me details to apply ?
    Advocate : Gyaneshwar Koirala
    Kathmandu, Nepal.

    • Admin
      16 March 2016 at 10:09 am

      Please address your questions to Julia Dehm by email: jdehm@​law.​utexas.​edu

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