Race & Human Rights Reimagined Initiative
The Race & Human Rights Reimagined Initiative is a resource for students, practitioners, and scholars interested in thinking critically about race and human rights.
By bringing together our expertise in human rights, Critical Race Theory and Third World Approaches to International Law, we strive to uncover how race and empire operate within the international human rights system.
We’re also exploring the potential of law to dismantle national and trans-national structures of racial and colonial subordination. With this initiative, we hope to generate impactful new thinking about human rights, racial justice and equality.
Race and Human Rights Resources
In her capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, E. Tendayi Achiume generated a number of thematic reports on global racial justice issues and the role of the international human rights framework in addressing them.
Fact Sheets based on these reports can be found below.
Race, Empire and Human Rights
Under the leadership of Profs. Aslı Ü. Bâli and E. Tendayi Achiume, we hosted a series of landmark convenings bringing together Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).
These convenings asked human rights scholars to consider two themes:
- What might a joint TWAIL-CRT approach to international law look like?
- How might a human rights framework promote racial justice and equality?
The ensuing report pulls together the convenings’ major takeaways and is essential reference for anyone interested in thinking critically about race and human rights. Read the report below or download a PDF here.
Additionally, S. Priya Morley sat down with Profs. Bâli and Achiume to discuss what a joint CRT-TWAIL approach to international law looks like and how the human rights framework can promote racial justice and equality.Watch Conversation on Trans-National Re-Imaginings
A Curated Collection of Articles
Connecting Race and Empire: What Critical Race Theory Offers Outside the U.S. Legal Context
S. Priya MorleyView PDF
Journal of International Foreign Affairs, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2020View PDF
UCLA Law Review, Volume 67, Issue 6 April 2021, pp. 1386 – 1895:
Race and Empire: Legal Theory Within, Through and Across National Borders
E. Tendayi Achiume and Aslı BâliView PDF
A Prolegomenon to the Study of Racial Ideology in the Era of International Human Rights
Justin Desautels-SteinView PDF
Critical Race Theory Meets Third World Approaches to International Law
E. Tendayi Achiume and Devon W. CarbadoView PDF
Slavery is Not a Metaphor: U.S. Prison Labor and Racial Subordination Through the Lens of the ILO’s Abolition of Forced Labor Convention
Adelle Blackett and Alice DuquesnoyView PDF
Deploying Race, Employing Force: ‘African Mercenaries’ and the 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya
Katherine Fallah and Ntina TzouvalaView PDF
Writing Race and Identity in a Global Context: What CRT and TWAIL Can Learn from Each Other
James Thuo GathiiView PDF
“Unwhitening the World”: Rethinking Race and International Law
Christopher GeversView PDF
Genres of Universalism: Reading Race Into International Law, with Help from Sylvia Wynter
Darryl LiView PDF
Unsettling the Border
Sherally MunshiView PDF
An Un-American Story of the American Empire: Small Places, From the Mississippi to the Indian Ocean
Vasuki NesiahView PDF
Keynote Speech: UCLA Law Review Symposium 2020: Law and Empire in the American Century
Aziz RanaView PDF
Emergency and Migration, Race and the Nation
John ReynoldsView PDF