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PADM 5855. International Human Rights

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This seminar is a combined in-person and distance course, using Webpages, text chat, e-mail, and video conferencing as well as in-person discussion sessions. It begins on January 23, 2018.

The course will be taught in-person and on-line on Tuesday and Thursday, starting on 23 January 2017 from 13:25-14:40 in M Van Rensselaer Hall 280.

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Dr. John Mathiason's background

This course is offered by John Mathiason (jrm534@cornell.edu) (jrm@intlmgt.com), Adjunct Professor at CIPA since 2012. He is also Managing Director of Associates for International Management Services, a consulting company providing advice and training to international organizations and not-for-profit institutions, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations Secretariat, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification,the Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, the AARP, Disabled People's International, the SSM Foundation of the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Family, Youth and Children of the Government of Panama, the Equal Opportunity Commission of Hong Kong, the United Nations Development Programme in Ecuador, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Club of Madrid. He was lead evaluator of the Independent External Evaluation of the ILO Evaluation Function, the review of the Management and Accountability System of the United Nations Development System, the Global Program against Money-Laundering of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the results-based management system of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the mid-term evaluation of the 10-Year Strategy of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. He is the team leader for external evaluation quality assessment for UNFPA and for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. He is a member of the External Evaluation Panel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He was a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat for thirty years, the last ten as Deputy Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women, responsible for managing support to negotiations leading up to the Fourth World Conference on Women including involvement of NGO's. He has taught and written extensively on international governance issues, including governing the Internet (as part of the Internet Governance Project), effective management of international arms control verification regimes and results-based management in international organizations. He supervised an evaluation of the results of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID). He has been the lead consultant or member for three United Nations expert group meetings, on promoting empowerment of people in 2012, on empowerment and ICT in 2013 on Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World: Progress in Advancing Social Development and Lessons Learned in 2014.

He is co-author of Elimination ofWeapons of Mass Destruction: Prospects for Effective International Verification, published by Palgrave in March 2005 and author of Invisible Governance: International Secretariats in Global Politics ( Kumarian Press, 2007). His book entitled Internet Governance: A New Frontier for International Institutions for the Routledge series on international institutions was published in August 2008. He is the first editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Organizations Studies where he prepared a special edition on management of climate change. He drafts the chapter on the General Assembly for Oxford University Press' Annual Review of United Nations Affairs. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Synopsis of the Course

The creation of a system of international organizations to find a way to achieve peace, economic and social improvement of the lives of people and to resolve global problems like climate change made an assumption that one key tool was that every person on the planet would have rights that would guarantee that they could live in the best way possible. These were called human rights and they were embodied in the United Nations Charter and then in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948. In some ways they were revolutionary, although they had antecedents in history. While adopting the human rights was a complex process, that has ultimately been effective, with the rights reflected in eight international conventions that most countries have ratified, en

Topics include the main areas where human rights have been given a legal status by international conventions, as well as work by international bodies like the Human Rights Council. In each case it will examine how the institutions encharged with enforcement of commitments made by States who have acceded to the treaties function, including the role of non-governmental organizations. It will also look at new areas where human rights are beginning to be negotiated such as aging and Internet freedom.



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