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)

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New Blog Post: TTIP and Sovereignty

TTIPOur blog post series on sovereignty and global politics comes to a close with an analysis by co-founder Daniel Cardoso on the relationship between trade and sovereignty today. Daniel argues that, when free trade agreements like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are used to advance at all costs the privileges of dominant world forces, sovereignty remains a necessary tool to manage globalization, protect the public interest, and guarantee citizens’ rightful participation in public policymaking.

The blog post, entitled ‘How TTIP Threatens State Sovereignty and Why We Should Be Concerned’, is available here.

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Drawing Lessons from NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) discussed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), on Saturday, May 2, from 19:00, at the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin.

14391291462_2bf9964dd5_bThe event, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, sought to analyze the similarities and differences between TTIP and the North-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), established in 1994 by the United States (US), Canada and Mexico. Prof. Nayar López Castellanos, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), looked at NAFTA and its consequences while we focused on TTIP. Together we discussed how the case of NAFTA can help us anticipate the type of implications that a free trade agreement like TTIP can carry, not only for the US and the EU, but also for third countries.

We are always expanding our partnerships so as to involve more institutions and people in our projects. Our latest collaboration partner was Jonathan Florez, Berlin-based photographer and citizen journalist, who documented the event and captured, through images, the audience’s conclusions about the debate.

This event was part of a seminar series, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, which examined the work done in the context of the Mexican chapter of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT). Further information about the event and about the seminar series can be found here: http://mexicoviaberlin.org/

Language: English and Spanish

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