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August 9, 2012

International Human Rights Treaties

International law is often framed in terms of human rights. Yet if one follows global news, one might ask: Does the project of human rights law actually make things worse? For the last two years Political Science graduate student Geoff Dancy has conducted research on human rights, and he's struggled to rigorously quantify the information. Dancy says international human rights treaties in states increase the information that we have on abusive practices. And that actually makes it seem as if things are getting worse. In fact, he says, such treaties destabilize repressive autocratic regimes, strengthen new democracies, and help temper the extremity of violence in civil wars. For more information, read "Why speak of human rights?"