HR NYC Conference 2016, New York City, New York

Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity

June 13th-15th
Fordham University, New York City, New York, USA

Hosted by ISA-HR, HR-APSA, HR-IPSA & Standing Group on Human Rights and Transition, ECPR
In association with: ACUNS


Conference Updates

HR NYC 2016 - Online Archive Open

Paper submissions for the Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity conference are now open and a copy of the draft conference program is now available. Please ensure that you upload your paper no later than Monday, 30 May to allow your fellow panel members time to read it in advance of the conference.  The process for uploading your paper can be found directly through the conference web site.  After logging in, you will find the option to upload your paper using the “See Your Schedule” tab. Please note that the site is only able to accept PDF files and all files must be smaller than 10mb.

To access papers uploaded to the archive, simply browse the online program.  For presentations with a paper already submitted to the archive, use the "Download" option. We strongly encourage you to send a copy of your paper to your panel Chair and Discussant, or to let them know via email that you have uploaded your paper to the submission site.  Email information for panelists is available via the “See Your Schedule” tab (click on the link for your panel/s).

All panel sessions are 90 minutes in length.  We ask that you reserve between 30-40 minutes for questions.  Therefore, please coordinate with your panel Chair regarding the length of individual presentations and discussant remarks.  Panel chairs are responsible for timekeeping as well as moderating discussion, and should be in touch with participants in advance of the conference to discuss logistics.

Please note that registration opens at 8:30 AM on Monday 13 June, and the conference officially opens at 10:00 AM.  We then have a very full schedule over the next 3 days, with plenary addresses and roundtables, 38 panels, and a reception Monday evening.  Panel room assignments and the final version of the program will be distributed shortly.

There are still rooms available in the McKeon dorm building. Bookings must be made by 16 May.

Finally, as a result of a late withdrawal, we have an opening for a discussant on a panel entitled Human Rights and Democratization (Wednesday 2:00-3:30). If you would like to volunteer to take on this role, please contact ASAP at

We look forward to seeing you next month.

HR NYC 2016 - Conference Preparations

We wanted to give you a quick update on preparations for the conference on Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity. The panel program has developed well. We have posted an updated version on the conference website. There have been a few changes to address the usual withdrawals from the conference, but these have been relatively few and we have been able to replace most papers with equally high quality papers. In a few instances we have replaced chairs and discussants, and while we have contacted individuals when we have done so, it might be a good idea to take another look at the program to confirm when your various responsibilities are scheduled. We have also posted updates to the plenary sessions. We are very excited by the diversity of eminent practitioners and academics who have agreed to address the conference.

A few reminders:
First, we have provided information about some accommodation possibilities on the conference website, including inexpensive dorm rooms and hotels which have extended a discount to conference participants.
Second, the deadline for paper submission is 30 May - two weeks before the deadline. This will provide your discussant adequate time to read your paper. Please upload your through the ISA system. It might also be helpful if you could e-mail your paper directly to the other panel participants. You can find the e-mail addresses of the other panel participants by going into the panel on the ISA system and choosing Email participants.
Third, if you require a letter confirming participation for visa purposes, direct all inquiries to the conference e-mail address ( - please do not contact ISA directly. Please give us at least two weeks’ advance notice for any requests.
Fourth, don’t forget our partner conference, the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, occurring immediately after our conference. The theme is “Meeting the Challenges of Development and Dignity.” You are entitled to a 20% discount on registration for the ACUNS conference. You can find the discount code on the conference website when you are logged into your ISA account.
The conference website can be found at
We look forward to seeing all of you in June. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by e-mail (

Program Team

Melissa Labonte

Fordham University

Kurt Mills
University of Glasgow

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Upcoming Deadlines

Proposal Submissions: Nov 30th

Program Announced: Dec 21st

PreRegistration: Feb 1st (to remain on program)

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