Section-Sponsored Conferences

5th ISA Joint Human Rights Conference

June 13-15, 2016
New York, New York

The human rights sections of APSA, ISA, IPSA and the ECPR Standing Group on Human Rights and Transitional Justice welcome submissions for the 5th joint human rights conference.  The theme of this year's conference is "Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity" and the conference will be hosted by Fordham University' Lincoln Center Campus. Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables will be accepted via the conference website until November 30.  For more information, including a detailed call for proposal and submission links, please visit: 

Western Political Science Association:  Human Rights Theme Track

March 24-26, 2016
San Diego, California

The APSA Human Rights Section has been invited by the WPSA to organize a dedicated set of human rights panels within their annual conference.  Proposals should refer to the overall WPSA conference theme of "Peril and Opportunity," as well as one of the following focal points of human rights scholarship:


To be considered for participation, please submit a 250-word abstract including your contact information and institutional affiliation to:

Alison Brysk      President Emeritus and Special Projects


Pre-convention Workshop on Teaching Human Rights
APSA Organized Section on Human Rights

September 2, 2015

This one-day workshop, held one day before the 2015 Annual APSA Convention, will focus on teaching human rights in Political Science.  Our goal is to share best practices and discuss challenges through a series of panel discussions and subfield-focused working groups.  One goal of the workshop is to create the basis for an online resource for all section members containing updated examples of syllabi (something we had done long ago but which has fallen aside) as well as links, ideas, and resources for teachers.

Tentative schedule of events:

12:45 pm       Welcome and introductions

1:00-2:00       Panel A – Challenges of teaching human rights
(Three panelists will speak for no more than 10 minutes about some challenges they have faced in their courses; we then open up for a floor discussion).

2:00 – 2:15    Coffee break

2:30 – 3:30    Panel B – Best practices in teaching human rights
(Three or four panelists will speak for no more than 10 minutes about some innovative or effective practice or pedagogy they have developed for their human rights teaching; we then open up for a floor discussion).

3:30 -3:45     Coffee break

4:00-5:30      Subfield working groups.  Participants will split into subfield working
groups (Theory, IR, Comparative Politics, American Politics) for more focused discussions on the challenges they face in their own areas.  The theory working group, e.g., will discuss the interest in a reader for courses in human rights theory and what the content and features of such a text might be.

5:30 pm        Wrap up and thanks

Participants will be paid an honorarium of $175 to cover one night of conference hotel.

Those who are interested should submit this application form with a copy of their CV to both Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, and Michael Goodhart,, by typing “Workshop on Teaching Human Rights” in the subject area, by April 16, 2015. 

4th Joint Human Rights Conference 

The Hague Institute for Global Justice (THIGJ) will be hosting the 4th Joint Human Rights Conference this coming June 8-10 in The Hague, The Netherlands.  The conference is co-organized by the human rights sections/working groups of ISA, APSA, IPSA and ECPR In association with The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), the International Human Rights Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law (ASIL).  

The call for paper is available here:  The deadline for proposals is November 14, 2014.