Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras

Start: Dec 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Adán Guillermo López Lone (AJD, Honduras) - In the wake of the June 2009 coup d'état the Honduran Supreme Court supported the breaking up of the country's constitutional order. There were members of the judiciary, however, who condemned the Coup and joined the popular protests. This led to disciplinary processes against several judges and magistrates, and resulted in them being relieved of their judicial responsibilities. Adán Guillermo is one of four judges who were dismissed for speaking out against the coup. In October 2015 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Honduras should reinstate the judges. The Honduran state are still to fully comply with the sentence. Adan's visit to Europe marks one year since the landmark ruling. Adan will talk about the human rights situation in Honduras, rule of law in Central America and issues that legal practitioners face in the region. 

Is CARICOM Sustainable? Assessing the (Youth) Participation Deficit

Start: Dec 7, 2016 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts (University of West Indies) - 'Implementation Deficit' has been framed as the principal threat to the sustainability of the Caribbean Community. Consequently, limited attention has been paid to analysing the correlated 'participation deficit' and the extent of 'citizen' inclusion/exclusion within the regional framework of governance.

IHR North American History Seminar Seminar Series: Envying 'Indomitable Citizenry?' American Understandings of Israeli Society during the Vietnam War

Start: Dec 8, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Dr Shaul Mitelpunkt (University of York) - This event is part of the Institute of Historical Research series and is free to attend. More information on this series by following this link.

The Canadian Arctic in Print: Arm Chair Travels of a Map Curator

Start: Dec 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Dr. Philip Hatfield (British Library) - Searching for Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes like it, has captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the sixteenth century. Explorers such as Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross and Dr. John Rae have scouted routes, conducted experiments and encountered diverse peoples on their journeys. In turn their work has had a profound impact on the Arctic and shaped the world around us. The history of this exploration is recorded in striking manuscripts, maps, printed books and photographs that are held in collections across the United Kingdom and Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World is an account of this history of exploration as told through these works. This talk, then, is both an Arctic history and a story of travelling through the writing of others, beautifully illustrated by those who travelled to and lived in the Arctic. 

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Imperial rivalries, insurgents and spies: Britain and Spain during Latin American Independence

Start: Dec 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Gregorio Alonso (Leeds) - The aim of this paper is to unravel some of the less well-known dimensions of British and Spanish policies towards Latin America in the 1810s and 1820s. The central role played by Latin America in the complex diplomatic, economic and political relationships between both colonial powers will be explored by focusing on the activities and schemes devised by the agents and informants working for them.

Explaining the Role of Violence in the Brazilian State

Start: Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 11, 2017 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Anthony Pereira (KCL) - The Brazilian state in the 21st century is at the same time a coercive state, employing a large degree of lethal violence against its own citizens; a national developmental state, coordinating the commanding heights of the economy in the service of domestic industry and export promotion; a constitutional state, with a formal commitment to equality of citizenship and the rule of law; and a social democratic state that guarantees a minimum income to the most disadvantaged in society. What explains this peculiar combination of characteristics, and in particular, the persistence of relatively high levels of state violence despite rising state capacity in the developmental, constitutional, and social spheres? This paper reviews the literature on state formation in search of clues to this puzzle, and then suggests, from a comparative perspective, some answers to the question.