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University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Lisa Hajjar (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Omar Al-Dewachi (Co Project Director: February 2016 to present)
Mark A. LeVine (Co Project Director: February 2016 to present)
Human Rights in the Arab World: Research, Advocacy and Public Policy

Preparation of a scholarly monograph, an annotated bibliography, articles, and policy papers, as well as the creation of a website, on human rights in the Arab World.

Human Rights in the Arab World will produce empirical research and comparative analysis about human rights in the region as a whole, and thus will contribute to the production of humanistic knowledge about human rights practice and discourse in ways that also will enhance future research, rights advocacy, and public policy. Our research incorporates an historical comparative view, but is particularly attentive to the relationship between human rights activism and the revolutionary upheavals – and in some contexts counter-revolutionary repression – since 2011 (i.e., the so-called "Arab Spring"). Our overarching goals are to probe the impact of struggles to promote and defend rights prior to and since these upheavals, to document and analyze the work of human rights organizations across the region, and to assess the degree to which human rights discourse informs public consciousness and political struggles for democratic change as well as accountability for gross violations.

Project fields:
International Relations; Law and Jurisprudence; Sociology

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 8/31/2019