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2020
The Hidden Face of Rights: towards a politics of responsibilities
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2020. The Hidden Face of Rights: towards a politics of responsibilities. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 208. Publisher's Version Abstract
Why we cannot truly implement human rights unless we also recognize human responsibilities

When we debate questions in international law, politics, and justice, we often use the language of rights—and far less often the language of responsibilities. Human rights scholars and activists talk about state responsibility for rights, but they do not articulate clear norms about other actors’ obligations. In this book, Kathryn Sikkink argues that we cannot truly implement human rights unless we also recognize and practice the corresponding human responsibilities.
  
Focusing on five areas—climate change, voting, digital privacy, freedom of speech, and sexual assault—where on-the-ground (primarily university campus) initiatives have persuaded people to embrace a close relationship between rights and responsibilities, Sikkink argues for the importance of responsibilities to any comprehensive understanding of political ethics and human rights.

To protect our collective right to health in the current pandemic situation, we need to balance our individual rights with collective responsibilities.  

Read the full article here. 

rights_and_responsibilities_in_the_coronavirus_pandemic_openglobalrights.pdf
2019
Q+A with Kathryn Sikkink
2019. “Q+A with Kathryn Sikkink.” Communique: The Magazine of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 23, 12-13. Publisher's Version
qawithks.pdf
Sikkink, Kathryn, Geoff Dancy, Bridget Marchesi, Tricia Olsen, Leigh Payne, and Andrew Reiter. 2019. “Behind Bars and Bargains: New Findings on Transitional Justice in Emerging Democracies: Research Note.” International Studies Quarterly.
behind_bars_and_bargains.pdf
Sikkink, Kathryn, and Averell Schmidt. 2019. “Breaking the Ban? The Heterogeneous Impact of US Contestation of the Torture Norm .” Journal of Global Security Studies 4 (1): 105-122. Publisher's Version
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2018
Schmidt, Averell, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2018. “Partners in Crime: An Empirical Investigation of the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program.” Perspectives on Politics 16 (4): 1014-1033.
partners_in_crime.pdf
The Information Paradox: How Effective Issue Creation and Information Politics Can Lead to Perceptions of the Ineffectiveness of Transnational Advocacy
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2018. “The Information Paradox: How Effective Issue Creation and Information Politics Can Lead to Perceptions of the Ineffectiveness of Transnational Advocacy.” Transnational Advocacy Networks: Twenty Years of Evolving Theory and Practice, 26-40. Bogota: Dejusticia.
the_information_paradox.pdf
wrongaboutdictators.pdf
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2018. “Kein Grund zum Pessimismus.” Welt-Sichten December 4. Publisher's Version
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Schmidt, Averell, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2018. “Partners in Crime: An Empirical Evaluation of the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program.” Perspectives on Politics 16 (4): 1014-1033. Publisher's Version Abstract
In the years following the attacks of 9/11, the CIA adopted a program involving the capture, extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists in the war on terror. As the details of this program have become public, a heated debate has ensued, focusing narrowly on whether or not this program “worked” by disrupting terror plots and saving American lives. By embracing such a narrow view of the program’s efficacy, this debate has failed to take into account the broader consequences of the CIA program. We move beyond current debates by evaluating the impact of the CIA program on the human rights practices of other states. We show that collaboration in the CIA program is associated with a worsening in the human rights practices of authoritarian countries. This finding illustrates how states learn from and influence one another through covert security cooperation and the importance of democratic institutions in mitigating the adverse consequences of the CIA program. This finding also underscores why a broad perspective is critical when assessing the consequences of counterterrorism policies.
partnersincrime.pdf
Razones para la esperanza
Razones para la esperanza
A Cautionary Note
Sikkink, Kathryn, and Krizna Gomez. 2018. “A Cautionary Note about the Frame of Peril and Crisis in Human Rights Activism.” Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors, edited by César Rodríguez-Garavito, 171-182. Bogota: Dejusticia. Publisher's Version
rising-to-the-populist-challenge-version-final-para-web-1.pdf
2017
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Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2017. Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Publisher's Version


 

  • Read the Book Review in the New York Review of Books: Have Human Rights Failed? by David Cole, April 18, 2019 Issue, New York Review of Books
     
del Valle, Fernando Berdion, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2017. “(Re)discovering Duties: Individual Responsibilities in the Age of Rights.” Minnesota Journal of International Law 26 (1): 189–245. Publisher's Version
Timing and Sequencing in International Politics: Latin America’s Contributions to Human Rights
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2017. “Timing and Sequencing in International Politics: Latin America’s Contributions to Human Rights.” International Politics and Institutions in Time, edited by Orfeo Fioretos, 231–50. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Publisher's Version
Human Rights Data, Processes, and Outcomes: How Recent Research Points to a Better Future
Dancy, Geoff, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2017. “Human Rights Data, Processes, and Outcomes: How Recent Research Points to a Better Future.” Human Rights Futures, edited by Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, and Leslie Vinjamuri, 24–59. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Publisher's Version
2016
Pham, Phuong Ngoc, Patrick Vinck, Bridget Marchesi, Doug Johnson, Peter J. Dixon, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2016. “Evaluating Transitional Justice: The Role of Multi-Level Mixed Methods Datasets and the Colombia Reparation Program for War Victims.” Transitional Justice Review 1 (4): 1–37. Publisher's Version Abstract
This paper examines the role of mixed and multi-level methods datasets used to inform evaluations of transitional justice mechanisms. The Colombia reparation program for victims of war is used to illustrate how a convergent design involving multiple datasets can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a complex transitional justice mechanism. This was achieved through a unique combination of (1) macro-level analysis enabled by a global dataset of transitional justice mechanisms, in this case the reparations data gathered by the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, (2) meso-level data gathered at the organizational level on the Unidad para las Victimas (Victims Unit), the organization in charge of implementing the reparations program and overseeing the domestic database of victims registered in the reparations program, and (3) micro-level population- based perception datasets on the Colombian reparations program collected in the Peacebuilding Data database. The methods used to define measures, access existing data, and assemble new datasets are discussed, as are some of the challenges faced by the inter-disciplinary team. The results illustrate how the use of global, domestic, and micro- level datasets together yields high quality data, with multiple perspectives permitting the use of innovative evaluation methods and the development of important findings and recommendations for transitional justice mechanisms.
Clark, Ann Marie, and Kathryn Sikkink. 2016. “Response to David L. Richards.” Human Rights Quarterly 38 (2): 493–96. Publisher's Version Abstract
The authors comment to an article by David Richards about their paper "Information Effects and Human Rights Data". They discuss the argument by Richards on how word counts are related to coding, the use of Latin American cases as illustrations of how coding responds to the changes in human rights conditions, and the global averages of Cingranelli-Richards data presented by Richards.
2015
Sikkink, Kathryn. 2015. “Latin America’s Protagonist Role in Human Rights.” Sur 12 (22): 207–19. Publisher's Version Abstract

Latin American governments, social movements, and regional organisations have made a far bigger contribution to the idea and practice of international human rights than has previously been recognised. Most discussions of the global human rights regime stress its origins in the countries of the Global North. This article explores the role of Latin America states as early protagonists of the international protection of human rights, focusing in particular on the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, adopted 8 months before passage of the Universal Declaration. In light of this, Sikkink calls into question the idea that human rights originated only in the Global North.

This article is also available in Spanish and in Portuguese.

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