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Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice

Constructing Global Justice and Human Rights

The mechanisms by which the global human rights regime is constructed and embedded is a further core research focus for CCRJ. 

By examining how authority and legitimacy are created for impartial global norms, and how those norms are made tangible in rights campaigns, international law, international justice, and forms of humanitarian practice (from relief and development to the Responsibility to Protect), CCRJ aims to give sociological depth to the world of human rights. Dr Stephen Hopgood holds a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to lead research on this project under the title ‘Empire of the International’.    

CCRJ also is pursuing work on the role of advocates, scholars, mediators, and political elites engaged in the political construction and embedding of a global accountability norm. This work seeks to understand, as well, the political effects of efforts to institutionalise and embed this norm.