Speaker Series

  • Date: –13:30
  • Location: Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3
  • Lecturer: Courtenay Conrad, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California-Merced
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  • Organiser: Department of Peace and Conflict Research
  • Contact person: Kristine Eck
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On 16 May, Courtenay Conrad, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California-Merced, will hold a lecture on “Monitoring via the courts: Judicial oversight and police violence in India”. The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

Courtenay Conrad (PhD, Florida State 2010) is an Associate Professor at the University of California-Merced. Her research focuses on political violence and human rights, particularly how domestic and international constraints affect agents of repression.  Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly, amongst others. Together with Emily Ritter, she is author of Contentious Compliance: Dissent and Repression under International Human Rights Law, published this year with Oxford University Press.


In this talk, she will present results from a quasi-experimental study in India which shows that the establishment of sub-national police complaints authorities is associated with substantive decreases in human rights violations by Indian police officers. These findings speak to important questions about how court-ordered institutional reforms can impact on the respect for human rights, and how domestic law can be used to shape individual agents’ use of force.