Book Launch: 'Human Rights or Global Capitalism - The Limits of Privatization' with Professor Manfred Nowak
Does the privatization of social services undermine or support human rights? What is the evidence? What criteria and policy tools should be used to ensure that provision social services respects human rights?
About the book:
'Human Rights or Global Capitalism' is not simply concerned with the success or failure of neoliberal policies per se or judging whether they are good or bad. Rather, it examines the application of those policies from a human rights perspective and asks whether states, by outsourcing to the private sector many services with a direct impact on human rights—education, health, social security, water, personal liberty, personal security, equality—abdicate their responsibilities to uphold human rights and thereby violate international human rights law. Manfred Nowak explores these examples and outlines the ways in which neoliberal policies contravene the obligations of states to protect the human rights of their people.
You can read more about the book here
Barbara Schulte, Associate Professor and Deputy head of the department of sociology at Lund University. Her work covers transnational educational governance, knowledge transfer (e.g. between China and the 'West'), and social inclusion and exclusion through education.
Johan Sandberg, Senior lecturer and Director of Studies for the Master in International Development and Management program (LUMID) at Lund University. His work is in the area of political economy, economic sociology and global governance, with research on issues such as conditional cash transfers and migrant labour market integration. He is currently also Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University.
Morten Kjærum, Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Morten was the founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and was the first Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna.
About Professor Manfred Nowak:
Manfred Nowak received his PhD from the Law School of the University of Vienna in 1973 ad his LL.M from Columbia University (New York) in 1975. He is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, and Secretary General of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice. He was UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, UN expert on enforced disappearances and judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is/was visiting professor at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights at Lund University, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the American University in Washington, D.C., Abo Akademie in Turku and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (Director of SIM from 1987 to 1989).
Professor Nowak is also giving a lecture later this same day based on his years as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. You can read more about this lecture here