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Call for Papers: Is Freedom From Corruption a Human Right?

The National Law University in Jodhpur, India, with the support of the American Society of International Law’s Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group, will be hosting a workshop on corruption and human rights on July 13-14, 2017 in Jodhpur.

This workshop will explore both theoretically and practically the increasing tendency to locate the anti-corruption movement within a human rights framework. Questions we might address in the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Is it conceptually coherent, and strategically valuable, to frame corruption as a human rights violation?

Would recognizing corruption as a free-standing rights violation create new legal remedies for corruption’s victims?

How are organizations, either public or private, now treating corruption as a de facto rights violation?

How does the corruption and human rights movement dovetail with the movement to impose human rights liabilities on companies?

Applicants should submit a one-page abstract and one-page CV by April 22. Decisions will be made by May 1.

The format of this conference is based on the premise that the in-person exchange of ideas, rather than long individual presentations, is what makes the gathering truly worthwhile. To this end, participants will not be asked to submit full papers. Instead, we will ask for a short summary of each participant’s idea, paper, or project, no more than five pages.

Each participant will then be expected to read all five-page papers prior to the workshop, so as to enable a robust exchange of ideas. Individual presentations can therefore remain short — five to ten minutes — enabling up to 20 or 30 minutes of discussion. We have found this format creates a very energetic exchange of ideas and holds great value for both the presenter and the audience.

The five-page summaries will be due July 1.

Please submit all applications to Prof. Andy Spalding, [email protected], and Prof. Elizabeth Wilson, [email protected].

Questions may be directed to either of us.


Andy Spalding is a Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog and a Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.

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