New Publication: ‘The Global Politics of Human Rights’ [Available Online]

[Now available online] ‘The Global Politics of Human Rights: Bringing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into the 21st Century’ (2020)

Hires coverThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics is excited to announce the release of our latest publication: a volume edited in collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue and RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative that collects 24 articles on the trials and prospects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its Articles in the 21st century.

You can read more about the publication and download it here.

Call for Papers: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative are pleased to announce that we are jointly organizing a call for papers on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its Articles. The UDHR is the landmark document for the international human rights movement of the 20th century, and remains its legal bedrock today.

Our publication will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Declaration, aiming to expand awareness about the document in general and understanding about contemporary human rights issues in particular. We believe that discussing and sharing ideas on the UDHR will help to make it more effective in protecting human dignity and security. For these reasons, we will also distribute our publication under a Creative Commons license, so that everybody interested in reading and sharing it can do so freely.

If you are an institution, organization, group, or individual who is interested both in the trials and prospects of the Declaration, we invite you to submit an abstract for an article – short, informative, and written without jargon –  and contribute to academic, expert, and public understanding of the UDHR and its Articles. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Monday, 24th June, 2019.

You can read the call for papers in its entirety here and download it here.

(Photo credit: United Nations Photo | Flickr: Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, on 1st July 1947)

Blog Post Series: Human Rights and Global Politics

frankieleon - flickrThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics welcomes a new contributor to our blog, Adam S. Wilkins, as we launch a blog post series related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and a global political initiative to reaffirm support for the Declaration and the observance of human rights.

Adam starts the blog post series explaining the historical background of the UDHR, the nature of its political context, and the politics of its ratification, and poses questions about where the Declaration stands today. The blog post, entitled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Historical Background and the Challenge Today’, is available here.

For more information on the global political initiative, which will be explained in detail in another blog post, please visit the website of the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative.

(Photo credit: frankieleon| Flickr)

Looking Forward to 2018 – And So Should You!

coexistThis year, 2017, brought upon many changes, lessons, and challenges in political terms. During 2018, the Berlin Forum will redouble its efforts and deliver more public research and exchanges to clarify global politics and contribute to democracy, international understanding, and cooperation between countries and their civil societies.

In the New Year, 2018, we will share details about new international collaborations, an upcoming public event and discussion about sustainable development, a worldwide citizen initiative on human rights, new blog post series, and several others.

We wish our friends, religious and secular, the very best during the winter and new year celebrations, and look forward to continuing to better understand the world and shape a better tomorrow with you!

(Photo credit: Variation of designs by Piotr Młodożeniec and Jerry Jaspar)

Co-Founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido Awarded by Surveillance Studies Network

Anything To SayThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics is proud to announce that co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido was recently honored and awarded with a 2016 Annual Paper Prize and a 2016 Early Career Researcher Award by the Surveillance Studies Network.

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is a registered charitable company based in the UK with a worldwide membership. SSN is dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms and the free distribution of scholarly information. The SSN awarded Miguel for an article that he published in their academic journal, Surveillance & Society, after a double-blind peer-review. The article, entitled ‘Contesting a Biopolitics of Information and Communications: The Importance Of Truth and Sousveillance After Snowden’ is published under a Creative Commons license and is readily available to be read and downloaded here

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics congratulates Miguel on the awards and is proud to count him among our co-founders and co-directors!

(Photo credit: AFP Photo & Tobias Schwarz | AFP)

 

Reflecting on NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is excited to announce the launch of a collaborative photography project entitled “Reflecting on NAFTA to better understand TTIP”.

Jonathan Florez, citizen journalist and Who really benefits from the TTIP?photographer, captures in this project the reflections of some of the people who attended a lecture and discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) held by México Via Berlin on 2nd May, 2015. BFoGP co-founders Daniel Cardoso, Marc Venhaus and Miguelángel Verde Garrido were invited to discuss the implications of TTIP, while Prof. Nayar López Castellanos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) was invited to analyze NAFTA and its consequences for Mexico.

To explore the photography project, click here.

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & Jonathan Florez | BFoGP)

Further Outcomes of the ‘First Berlin Forum on Global Politics’

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is pleased to announce that two of the young scholars who presented their research at the ‘First Berlin Forum on Global Politics’ in April, 2013, have gone on to further develop the work they presented at the conference. Leon Schreiber published his paper in a journal publication and Leonard Hessling shared the content of his paper as a Prezi presentation, available online to the general public.

Leon Schreiber, whose research paper was titled Institutions and Social Policy: The Case of the Child Support Grant in South Africa, went on to submit the results of his research to the South African Journal of Political Studies (Politikon). Once reviewed, it was subsequently published on April 14, 2014.

Leonard Hessling, whose research paper was titled Water in the Arab Spring: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in the MENA Region’s Transition to Democracy, went on to make further presentations of the results of his research at international conferences, such as the European Conference on African Studies in Lisbon, which took place on June 29, 2013. Since then, he has made the content of his paper available as a Prezi presentation

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics wishes these two young scholars well in their academic endeavours and is pleased to have been able to open spaces for the discussion of their valuable and interesting academic research.

‘The Transatlantic Colossus’ [Available Online]

The Transatlantic Colossus: Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement‘ (2014)
Cover - The Transatlantic ColossusA publication of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and FutureChallenges.org of the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the global implications of the TAFTA | TTIP.