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Human Rights Nights with Danielle Celermajer & The Prevention of Torture

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There is an urgent need to analyse and assess how we prevent torture, against the background of a rigorous analysis of the factors that condition and sustain it. Drawing on rich empirical material from Sri Lanka and Nepal, The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach interrogates the worlds that produce torture in order to propose how to bring about systemic institutional and cultural change. Critics have decried human rights approaches' failure to attend to structural factors, but this book seeks to go beyond a 'stance of criticism' to take up the positive project of reimagining human rights theory and practice. It discusses key debates in human rights and political theory, as well as the challenges that advocates face in translating situational analyses into real world interventions. Danielle Celermajer develops a new, ecological framework for mapping the worlds that produce torture, and thereby develops prevention strategies.

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Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney

Danielle Celermajer is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She received a grant from the European Union to establish a Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation in the Asia-Pacific course and a further EU grant to lead an international team working on the prevention of torture in South Asia. Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge, 2009), Power, Judgment and Political Evil: Hannah Arendt's Promise (with Andrew Schaap and Vrasidas Karalis, Routledge, 2010), The Prevention of Torture; An Ecological Approach (Cambridge, 2018), A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age (with Richard Sherwin, Bloomsbury, 2019), and The Subject of Human Rights (with Alex Lefebvre, Stanford University Press, forthcoming). She is currently working with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, artists and activists on multispecies justice.

Ben Golder, UNSW Law

Associate Professor Ben Golder teaches courses on Law and Social Theory, on Public law, and on the Politics of Human Rights, in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate Law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in Legal Theory from the University of London. His most recent book is Foucault and the Politics of Rights (Stanford) and his most recent edited collection is The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age (Routledge, with Daniel McLoughlin). At present he is working on editing a special issue of the London Review of International Law (with Julia Dehm and Jessica Whyte) on ‘Redistributive Human Rights?’ and writing a book manuscript on contemporary critiques of human rights discourse.

About Human Rights Nights at UNSW Bookshop:

Human Rights Nights are about connecting with human rights through books, and celebrating new fiction and non-fiction works that put important rights issues in focus. The aim of the series is to spark discussions that bring these issues to life, and these talks will be preserved in podcasts for audiences beyond the bookshop to discover.

Human Rights Nights are presented by the UNSW Bookshop and the Australian Human Rights Institute.

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Image: The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018): www.cambridge.org/9781108470452

Pre-order your copy at https://www.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781108454667

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