HUMAN RIGHTS NUDGE

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For decades, human rights have been treated as the business of international institutions like the European Court of Human Rights. Yet, the respect for human rights on the part of governments has been invariably weak. Our team aims to explore the future of compliance with human rights. The team will analyse why and how states interfere in individuals’ lives and then determine when and how they change their behaviour in relation to human rights. The project builds on insights from social sciencesbehavioural economics, and psychology, to come up with new solutions and incentives, which governments, communities and even individuals can employ in the future. Our main purpose is to establish how we can challenge the status quo and help states internalise human rights in the future. 

WHY

We aim to find new solutions and incentives for better human rights protection in Europe and beyond

WHAT

Human Rights Nudge is an ERC-funded project that looks at past cases of human rights violations and studies when and why states changed their practice

HOW

We are a team of experts and researchers from various fields that are working together to understand state behaviour

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COPENHAGEN​

The Human Rights Nudge Project and its team is based at the University of Copenhagen, Centre of Excellence, iCourts 

OUR LOCATIONS

HAMBURG

Veronika Fikfak is a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg in 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

Katharina Luckner is based at the Institute of Law and Economics in Hamburg.

NEW YORK

Human Rights Nudge team leader Veronika Fikfak was a visiting fellow at New York University from September 2019 to May 2020

CAMBRIDGE

The Human Rights Nudge Project builds on work done on a previous project 'What Price for Human Rights' at the University of Cambridge. 

Lora Izvorova and Dora Robinson are based at the Law Faculty in Cambridge.

OSLO

The Human Rights Nudge Project is collaborating with Compliance Politics and International Investment Disputes project based at Pluricourts, University of Oslo 

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

 

Veronika Fikfak and Lora Izvorova. 'Language and Persuasion: Human Dignity at the European Court of Human Rights.' (2022) 22.4 Human Rights Law Review, forthcoming

 

Niccolò Ridi and Veronika Fikfak. 'Sanctioning to Change State Behaviour.' (2022) 13.2 Journal of International Dispute Settlement, forthcoming. 
 

Veronika Fikfak. 'Against Settlement in the European Court of Human Rights'. (2022) 20.3 International Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming. 

Veronika Fikfak, Daniel Peat, and Eva van der Zee.
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Bias in International Law.'  (2022) 23.3 German Law Journal, forthcoming.

 

Daniel Peat, Veronika Fikfak, and Eva van der Zee. 'Behavioural Compliance Theory.'  (2022) 13.2 Journal of International Dispute Settlement, forthcoming. 

Aysel Küçüksu. 'Enforcing Rights Beyond Litigation: Mapping NGO Strategies in Monitoring ECtHR Judgment Implementation.' (2022) 22.3 Human Rights Law Review, forthcoming.

Veronika Fikfak. 'Compliance and Compensation: Money as a currency of human rights.' in Rachel Murray and Debra Long, Handbook on Implementation of Human Rights Law. (Edward Elgar, 2022).

Veronika Fikfak. ‘Changing State Behaviour: Damages before the European Court of Human Rights’. (2018) Vol 29/4. European Journal of International Law, pp 1091-1125. 

NEWS

 24 May 2022

We are organising a panel as part of SocSimFest to discuss the potential application of agent based modelling in international law. The programme is attached. For registrations please click here.

Call for papers

We are organising a special track at the Social simulation Conference in Milan (12-16 September) entitled Mapping Behaviour of States in International Relations and International Law. More details in the attachment. Please submit your paper here.

13 April 2022

Our Symposium on Bias in International Law is now openly available in the German Law Journal. You can read the introduction, along with great articles from Moshe Hirsch, Benedikt Pirker and Izabela Skoczen, Jonathan Kolieb, Runar Lie, Evangelina Nissoti, Eva van der Zee, and Ezgi Yildiz and Umut Yüksel. 

12 April 2022

We have another paper out - Language and Persuasion: Human Dignity before the European Court of Human Rights - by Veronika Fikfak and Lora Izvorova, which shows that the European Court of Human Rights uses terminology of dignity strategically to compel states to change their behaviour. But do they do so? We answer the question on the case of Russia. The full paper can be found here

22 March 2022

We have a new paper out - Sanctioning to Change State Behaviour by Niccolò Ridi and Veronika Fikfak. The full paper can be found here

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