Human Rights

Research at the Department related to the topic of human rights.

Encouraging State Respect for Human Rights: A Series of Randomised Experiments

Project leader: Kristine Eck

Project Period: 2017 - 2019

This project examines how international norms and sanctions impact on state respect for human rights. Through a series of field experiments and surveys, we study both actual state agents and citizens in order to determine if there is divergence between those who have the power to violate rights and rights-holders themselves. We also explore several different types of norms. 

The civilian dimension of peacekeeping operations and human rights promotion 

Project leader: Sabine Otto | Project Page

Project Period: 2019 - 2022

United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations have become one of the most prominent responses to civil wars around the world. The role of civilian personnel and their activities have proliferated during the last two decades and become increasingly central, whereby the promotion of human rights is one of the core function of UN peacekeeping operations. Our knowledge, however, about the impact of civilian staff and activities on protecting human rights standards is inconclusive and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We explore whether and how the civilian components of UN peacekeeping operations improve human rights standards.