Student Panels

Panels featuring the work and research of students of political science and related studies are the core of every IAPSS conference. Students from all levels – Bachelor, Master and PhD candidates – present results from recent and ongoing research, their thesises, strategy papers, but also their work in one of the two IAPSS Think Tanks.

Panels are each chaired by either experienced Master students and PhD candidates or post-docs and professors, and discussions initiated by one or two discussants. The sessions last for 90 minutes, with 10-12 min presentations from featured presenters, followed by inputs from respective discussants before the audience gets involved in a public Q&A.

The themes of the Student Panels and the participating papers can be found below. The papers will be published before the Academic Convention.

King Kong

The Broadest Concept: Human Rights from Outside Perspectives

Monday October 20th, 13.45 – 15.15

Willem van Sermondt & Roos van Straten – Citizenship rights for King Kong?

Raquel Tebaldi – “Positionality” and “Performativity”: feminist theory and gender studies’ contributions to the construction of the concept of media literacy

Elisa Fornale – Pluralizing Labour Mobility Framework in Postnational Rulemaking Processes 

George W. Bush

Human Rights and International Law

Monday October 20th, 13.45 – 15.15

Evangelos Batistatos – Reservations to Human Rights Treaties: The Aftermath of International
Law Commission (ILC) Guidelines

Laura Schelenz – Legal Possibilities to Hold Former U.S. President George W. Bush Accountable for Human Rights

Mohamed Hamchi – Human Rights and Global Governance: The Logic of Failure?

Moritz Baumgärtel – Human Rights and Migration Management: Towards a Political Evaluation based on Legal Concepts

Middle East

Middle Eastern Perspectives on the Idea of Human Rights

Monday October 20th, 13.45 – 15.15

Islam Uddin – Muslim Family Law: ‘The Rights of the Wife’, theory and practice, according to traditional and modern understanding of religious texts, in light of Universal Human Rights

Lena Muhs – Islam and Human Rights: Conceptual Differences and the Universality Debate

Mishana Hosseinioun – The Globalisation of Human Rights and the Middle East

Efrem Garlando – Perspectives for a Social Integration of Human Rights in  Muslim World


The Practice of Human Rights: Case Studies

Tuesday October 21st, 13.45 – 15.15

Rejene Lakibul – Cebuano Perceptions on Human Rights in Three Selected Barangays in Cebu City, Philippines

Min-Sin Lin – The aftermath of Lustration Law – How does it matter to transitional Justice?

Max Steuer – Country Specifics of a Universal Right? Freedom of Political Speech in the Slovak Republic

David Vasquez – Political Cartoons and the Freedom of Speech in Ecuador


Human Rights and the Responsibility to Protect

Tuesday October 21st, 13.45 – 15.15

Tao-Yi Chang – The Contextualized Responsibility to Protect- Conceptual History’s Viewpoint

Tahir Bushra – From Doctrine to Practice: Military Intervention in Lybia (2011)

EU Russia

Universalism and Relativism in the Conceptualization of Human Rights

Tuesday October 21st, 13.45 – 15.15

Linda Walter – Uni… What? The lack of scientific research into the society’s perceived universality of human rights

Amelie Harbisch – Human Rights Relations between Europe and Russia – A genealogy of diverging concepts

Frank Mouritz – Is the International Commitment to Human Rights Dwindling?

Just War

On the Concept of Human Rights: Perspectives from Political Philosophy

Thursday October 23rd, 13.45 – 15.15
TvA 1.00.35

Thomas Helfricht – Human Rights in the perspective of the Just War Theory

Owen Brown – Rights from the Other Side of the Line: Postcolonial Perspectives on Human Rights

Gabriele D’Amico – Human Rights Under Pressure

Socio Economic Rights

Widening the Scope of Human Rights: The Socio-Economic Dimension

Thursday October 23rd, 13.45 – 15.15
TvA 1.00.02

Anca Kaleja – Economic and Social Rights in Non-democratic Regimes: Analysing the Autocratic Advantage

Jovana Perovska – The theory of indivisibility vs. the practice of “picking and choosing” of human rights: A comparison between the implementation of civil and political and social and economic rights in developing states

Jose Valencia – Perspectives on Socio-Economic Rights and Their Relation to Fundamental Rights in Latin America

International Organizations

Human Rights, International Organizations and International Regimes

This panel has been cancelled due to the absence of the panellists.