Mission Statement

The Global Justice and Human Rights specialist group is an inclusive community that brings together academics, policy-makers, practitioners, teachers and students with combined interests in globalization, international politics and cosmopolitanism, and in the contributory role of human rights norms, institutions and practices.

Our main aim is to facilitate scholarly and policy-relevant research on global justice and human rights issues. We encourage theoretical and applied research, the use of quantitative and qualitative methods, and the deployment of mainstream and critical approaches. We particularly welcome inter- and multidisciplinary contributions that connect political studies with the study of anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, sociology and other related subjects. Further, we provide a platform for a range of perspectives on global justice and human rights research, including liberal, neo-liberal, post-structuralist, feminist, postcolonial, neo-Marxist and other frameworks that add to our intellectual rainbow.

The group promotes the study of international and supra-national norms, institutions and practices (and associated discourses and debates) with a particular focus on their contribution to the idea and the goal of global justice. This includes:

  • The idea of justice and its relationship to associated concepts such as equality and non-discrimination, and their supranational application;
  • Evidence of progress towards, and retreat from, a just global order;
  • The norms, institutions and practices of global governance, especially the United Nations system and its constituent parts;
  • The norms, institutions and practices of international law, especially international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law;
  • The political economy of global or international society, including spatial patterns of poverty, inequality and exclusion;
  • The political and sociological basis of supra-national citizenship(s);  
  • The role of technology in enhancing international mobility and exchange;
  • Normative and institutional obstacles to the achievement of global justice;
  • Supporting, discussing and disseminating good practice in the teaching of global justice and human rights

These issues are explored with reference to policy debates concerned, inter alia, with climate change, international migration, world poverty & inequality, reform of the UN and other multilateral organizations, international humanitarian crises and the role of networks in international politics, the politics of gender, development, globalization and security.

PSA members can join the group free of charge (a percentage of your PSA membership fee will accrue to the group). We also consider applications from non-PSA members on an individual basis. Requests for membership from PSA and non-PSA members alike should be directed to the group’s co-convenor, Dr Birgit Schippers (b.schippers@smucb.ac.uk). The group is governed by a constitution, accessible via the group’s main web page. Our annual general meeting will be held each year at the PSA Annual International Conference.