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Is Ethical Consumerism a Form of Vigilante Justice?

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Ethical consumerism has been around for a long time—during the revolution, many Americans protested against the Stamp Act of 1756 by refusing to buy tea and other Brit- ish goods. In recent years, ethical consumerism has become an increasingly prominent feature of social life, as new forms of technology have allowed consumers to use their choices in the marketplace to address various environmental, labor and trade concerns.

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Digital Townhall from Cairo

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Egyptian activists made history in February 2011 when they overturned a thirty-year dictatorship, in part thanks to their mastery of social media.

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Envisioning Real Utopias

Commentary / July 9, 2013
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Democratic Transition in Egypt

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL is pleased to announce a one-day conference to be held on Friday April 29, 2011, entitled, "Democratic Transition in Egypt." This event, co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, will focus on Egypt's current revolutionary period, to examine this pivotal moment in Egypt's political history and prospects for future reform. The conference brings to Stanford leading Egypt academics from American, European, and Egyptian universities and think tanks.  Panels will examine the background to the revolution, discus

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From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World

Commentary / July 9, 2013

This conference focuses on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.

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Second and Third Generation Right in Africa

Commentary / July 9, 2013

In Africa like in the rest of the world, societies have sought to define the concept of human dignity through rules that define the qualities and the inherent value of the human person and his/her relationship with society.  In doing this several rules either by custom, tradition or formal law have defined the individual’s social obligations and duties to society.  They have also set up social hierarchy based on birth or sex and through the idea of submission to the will of sovereign or divine forces.  The rules or traditions or formal law also tended to stress the overriding importance soc

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Environmental Humanities - Finding a future for climate change

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The Program on Human Rights Collaboratory Series is an interdisciplinary investigation of human rights in the humanities. It is funded under the Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies as the third in a sequence of pursuing peace and security, improving governance and advancing well-being.

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Cultural Heritage - The Role of Archaeology in Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The Program on Human Rights Collaboratory Series is an interdisciplinary investigation of human rights in the humanities. It is funded under the Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies as the third in a sequence of pursuing peace and security, improving governance and advancing well-being.

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The Nation Ex-Situ: On climate change, deterritorialized nationhood and the post-climate era

Commentary / July 9, 2013

It is plausible that the impacts of climate change will render certain nation-states uninhabitable before the close of the century. While this may be the fate of a small number of those nation-states most vulnerable to climate change, its implications for the evoluation of statehood and international law in a "post-climate" regime is potentially seismic. Burkett argues that to respond to the phenomenon of landless nation-states, international law could accomodate an entierly new category ofinternational actors.

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Before the law: Human and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame

Commentary / July 9, 2013

This workshop is part of the Program on Human Rights Collaboratory: Environmental Humanities Series, an interdisciplinary investigation of human rights in the humanities. The Series is funded under the Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies as the third in a sequence of pursuing peace and security, improving governance and advancing well-being.

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Is Alien Tort Statute Applicable to Corporate Defendants?

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Early in the Supreme Court oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., Justice Kennedy alerted the plaintiffs' lawyer that, for him, "the case turns on this:...

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The Greek Economic and Political Crisis: What it Means for Europe

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Ruby Gropas is a lecturer in international relations at the law faculty of the Democritus University of Thrace (Komotini) and research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). Gropas was in residence at CDDRL in 2011 as a visiting scholar. In this seminar she will discuss the ongoing Greek economic and political crisis, and what it means for the future of the European Union and monetary system. Is the crisis in Greece ‘internal’ or is it symptomatic of a wider European failure?

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