Sep 092013
 September 9, 2013

Conv.HRDo economic sanctions deter or exacerbate human rights abuses around the world? On Wednesday, October 23rd, join Duke Law faculty Suzanne Katzenstein along with political scientist Dursun Peksen (University of Memphis) and international lawyer Adam Smith (Washington, D.C.) to discuss the current research on this question, and its implications for scholars and practitioners alike.

This is the second event in the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ new interdisciplinary workshop series, “Conversations in Human Rights.” This workshop series will meet twice each semester, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy, these workshops are open to Duke faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.

RSVP to by Monday, October 21.

Economic Sanctions and Human Rights
Wednesday, October 23, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
101 West Duke Building

Reception following

Dursun Peksen, Political Science, University of Memphis
Adam Smith, International Law, Washington, D.C.
Suzanne Katzenstein, Duke Law School, Duke University

About the Panelists

Dursun Peksen — Dursun Peksen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri in 2008. He has several published or forthcoming articles on economic sanctions, armed interventions, human rights, political violence, and democratization. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis, Review of International Organizations, International Political Science Review, Human Rights Review, and Civil Wars. Dr. Peksen’s teaching areas include foreign policy analysis, human rights, political violence, international political economy, security studies, introduction to political research, and research design and data analysis.


Adam Smith — Adam M. Smith is an international lawyer based in Washington, DC and a frequent commentator on human rights, and international justice and economics.  He has written numerous articles in the academic and popular press and two books: The Architecture of International Justice at Home and Abroad and After Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice. Until recently Adam was the Director for Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council and he has held postings at the UN, the World Bank, and the OECD, as well as serving as a visiting scholar at institutions in Africa, Europe, and South Asia.  Adam obtained a B.A. in political science and economics from Brown, an M.Phil. in politics from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard where he was a Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Suzanne Katzenstein — Suzanne Katzenstein works at the intersection of domestic law, international law and international relations and is centrally interested in questions about the relationship between governments and private actors. Her current research examines the U.S. government’s relationship to banks, especially foreign banks, in the context of pursuing its national security goals. Prior to joining the Duke Law Faculty in 2011 as a visiting assistant professor, Katzenstein was a Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, where she will be receiving her PhD in political science in October, 2013 (she defended her dissertation in June 2013). Katzenstein received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1999, graduating phi beta kappa, after which she studied in India as a Fulbright Scholar. She received her JD in 2004 from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She also co-headed the classroom observation component of a study on gender at Harvard Law School. She received the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for East Timor in 2002.