For future human rights policy and practice.
Strategic Studies is an initiative of Amnesty International Netherlands. Since 2013 Strategic Studies has been mapping out national and international social, political and legal developments which can affect the future of human rights and the work of Amnesty International in particular.
Latest publication: What is an illiberal democracy?
An illiberal democracy is a democracy in which the rule of law is under pressure. In 1997 Fareed Zakaria published a provocative essay in Foreign Affairs titled “The rise of illiberal democracy” in which he labelled illiberal democracy a growth industry. Twenty years later illiberal democracy – although not always of the variety described by Zakaria – has become firmly entrenched and seems increasingly legitimate throughout the world. Most clearly in states such as Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, where liberal democracy initially seemed to be on the rise.
With contributions from Arch Puddington, Takis Pappas, Sabrina de Regt, Eszter Zalan, Ela Goksun & Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Daniel Hegedüs, Robert Dekker & Tineke Cleiren & Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Otto Spijkers, and Steve Crawshaw.
Changing Perspectives on Human Rights
The Changing Perspectives on Human Rights series explores possible implications of relevant social, political, legal and technological trends for the future of human rights and the work of human rights organizations. The essay volumes consists of original, critical and forward-looking essays by leading academics and practitioners working in the human rights domain.
Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy
The Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series focuses on rising powers and their current and potential roles in the international protection and promotion of human rights. It contains volumes with original essays on the human rights foreign policy of rising global and regional powers, which are distributed to key strategic leaders in ministries, think tanks, universities and NGO’s working on human rights, democracy and rule of law.
Articles, Briefs and Opinions
- ‘Progressief, conservatief, liberaal, anti- en neokoloniaal: Zeventig jaar Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens’ (januari 2018, Clingendael Spectator)
- ‘Internationaal Strafhof: En nou mag agressie ook al niet meer’ (januari 2018, Clingendael Spectator)
- Een nieuwe orde, een oud geluid? (October 2015, Internationale Spectator)
- Justice over rights? (October 2015, OpenDemocracy/OpenGlobalRights)
- How revolutionary are global human rights? (May 2015, OpenDemocracy)
- Is the emerging middle class our best hope for global rights activism? (October 2014, Open Democracy)
- De Europese Unie als mensenrechtenprotagonist in de wereld van morgen (February 2014, Internationale Spectator)
- ‘The EU’s Human Rights Promotion in a Changing World Order’ (December 2013, Next Generation for Europe)
- Mensenrechtenbrief vertrouwt te veel op business as usual in de VN (November 2013, Internationale Spectator)