Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Transnational Advocacy Networks: Reflecting on 20 years of Evolving Theory and Practice

Thursday, November 15, 2018

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Reception to follow.

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A book launch for Transnational Advocacy Networks: Reflecting on 20 years of Evolving Theory and Practice, co-edited by Peter Evans, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and César Rodríguez Garavito, Executive Director, Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia). A panel will feature Peter Evans, César Rodríguez Garavito, and contributors Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, and Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The volume of essays being launched in this event is the third book that has come out of five years of collaboration between the Watson Institute and Dejusticia. The joint initiative has explored the ways in which activism and reflective analysis have transformed transnational advocacy practices, organizations, and networks seeking to secure social justice, human flourishing, and community in ways that are socially and ecologically sustainable.

This event itself is intended as an opportunity for discussion and debate on the evolution of the role of transnational advocacy networks – TANs. The discussion leaders will try serve as catalysts for debate among all participants in the event. Katherine Sikkink, one of the founding theorists of TANs will share her views on how twenty years of activism and reflective analysis have transformed transnational advocacy practices, organizations, and networks. Patrick Heller will discuss the evolution of the Watson-Dejusticia collaboration as a model for fomenting South-North Dialog. The two editors of the current volume (Evans and Rodríguez-Garavito) will set out what they see as the implications of the volume’s ten essays for our understanding of the ability of TANs to meet the challenges posed by an increasingly hostile set of nationalist populist regimes, bringing in as well the insights offered in the collaboration’s second volume, Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors, which came out earlier this year.

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