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Dr Tom Pegram

Tom Pegram

Dr Thomas Pegram

Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute and Senior Lecturer in Global Governance

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On sabbatical leave for Term 2, 2016/2017.

Introduction

Dr Tom Pegram is Senior Lecturer in Global Governance and the Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute (GGI).  Prior to joining UCL in September 2013, he was Assistant Professor in Political Science (International Relations) at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Policy Institute.  Tom has held research fellowships at New York University and Harvard University Law Schools and holds a DPhil in Politics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

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Research

Tom’s research interests include global governance, international organisations, and the regulatory politics of human rights compliance.

Tom’s research has featured in the journals International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, Human Rights Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Governance, Millennium, and the Journal of Latin American Studies.  He currently serves on the editorial board of Global Governance.

He has particular expertise in the study of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and is the co-editor with Ryan Goodman of the book ‘Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Tom also leads the UCL Global Governance Institute’s research agenda on global governance which seeks to integrate insights across a theoretically and empirically-rich second generation of scholarship to ground a powerful third generation of global governance scholarship, distinguished by a concern for the complexity and dynamism of global public policy-making and delivery in the 21st century.

Tom also has extensive practical experience working policy-makers and practitioners at the local and international level, including the UN OHCHR, Amnesty International and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.  Most recently he participated in a landmark international policy study on torture prevention.

He is the author of various book chapters, policy intervention reports, and his articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, Monkey Cage and The Conversation.

Updates on global governance and human rights research can be found on the UCL GGI website and his personal website.

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Publications

Books

  • David Coen and Tom Pegram (eds.), Major Works Collection: Global Governance II (London: Routledge Press, under contract).
  • Ryan Goodman & Thomas Pegram (eds.) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Tom Pegram, ‘Stewardship and Intermediation: Comparative Lessons from Human Rights Governance’, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 670, March 2017.
  • Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘Architects of Their Own Making: National Human Rights Institutions and the United Nations,’ Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 4, November 2016, pp. 1109-1134.  
  • Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘The Language of Compromise in International Agreements,’ International Organization, vol. 70, Summer 2016, pp. 1-35.
  • David Coen and Tom Pegram, ‘Wanted: A Third Generation of Global Governance Research’, Governance, vol. 28(4), October 2015, 417-420.
  • Tom Pegram, ‘Global Human Rights Governance and Orchestration: National Human Rights Institutions as Intermediaries,’ European Journal of International Relations, vol. 21, no. 3, August 2015, pp. 1-26.
  • Jeff Waage, Christopher Yap, Sarah Bell, Caren Levy, Georgina Mace, Tom Pegram et al., ‘Governing the UN Sustainable Development Goals: interactions, infrastructures, and institutions,’ The Lancet Global Health, vol. 3, no. 5, April 2015, pp. 251-252.
  • Tom Pegram, ‘Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance,’ Millennium, vol. 43, no. 2, January 2015, pp. 618-639.
  • Michele Acuto and Tom Pegram, ‘Introduction: Global Governance and the Theoretical Interregnum,’ Millennium, vol. 43, no. 2, January 2015, pp. 584-597.
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘Weak institutions, rights claims and pathways to compliance: the transformative role of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman,’ Oxford Development Studies, vol. 39, No. 2, June 2011, 229-250.
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘Diffusion across political systems: the global spread of national human rights institutions,’ Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 32, No. 3, August 2010, pp. 729-760.
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘Accountability in hostile times: the case of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman 1996-2001,’ Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, February 2008, pp. 51-82.

Book chapters

  • Tom Pegram, ‘Global Human Rights Governance: Searching for Pathways Through or Beyond Gridlock?’ In T. Hale and D. Held (eds.), Beyond Gridlock (Polity Press, 2017) 
  • Tom Pegram with Nataly Herrera, ‘From Compliance to Implementation: National Human Rights Institutions and the Interamerican Human Rights System.’ In P. Engstrom (ed.), Assessing the Impact of the Inter-American Human Rights System (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, 2017) 
  • Nataly Herrera and Tom Pegram, ‘Prevalence and Prevention of Torture in Peru 1985-2014’ (with Nataly Herrera). In R. Carver and L. Handley (eds.), Does Torture Prevention Work? (Liverpool University Press, 2016)
  • Niheer Dasandi, David Hudson and Tom Pegram, ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda Setting in Focus: Governance and Institutions,’ In J. Waage and C. Yap, Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development (London: Ubiquity Press, 2015).
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘National human rights institutions and their potential role in prevention and response to mass atrocities in Latin America,’ in Monica Serrano (ed.), Responsibility to Protect in Latin America (Routledge Press, in press forthcoming 2015)
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘The Bolivian Human Rights Ombudsman and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,’ in Eva Brems et al. (eds.) The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Protection of Economic and Social Rights (Intersentia, in press forthcoming 2015)
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘National human rights institutions in Latin America: Politics and institutionalization,’ in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds.), Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram, ‘Introduction: National human rights institutions, State Conformity, and Social Change,’ in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds.), Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘La Defensoría de los Habitantes de Costa Rica: ¿un puente entre el estado y la sociedad?’ Revista Perfiles Latinoamericanos-FLACSO (Mexico: FLACO, 2012)
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘Bridging the Gap: The Defensoría, Informal Institutions and the ‘Accountability Gap’ in Peruvian Politics,’ in John Crabtree (ed.), Peruvian Democracy: Old Problems, New Challenges (Institute for the Study of the Americas, May 2011).

Selected works in progress

  • Benedict Rumbold, Rachel Baker...Tom Pegram et al., ‘Universal Health Coverage, Priority Setting and the Human Right to Health’, The Lancet: revise and resubmit.
  • Tom Pegram, ‘Principled Agents? The Regulatory Politics of Human Governance,’ manuscript in preparation for submission
  • Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘Interrogating Form and Function: Designing Effective National Human Rights Institutions,’ in preparation for submission
  • Par Engstrom and Tom Pegram, ‘Bridging the Gap: Torture Prevention in Latin America,’ in preparation for submission

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Selected policy contributions

  • Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘The Devil in the Details: A Cautionary Lesson about Flexible Language in International Negotiations.’ Monkey Cage - The Washington Post, 29 September 2016. Available here
  • UCL GGI joint policy report with UNICEF UK, ‘Human Rights and Climate Change: Connecting the Dots,’ 2 September 2016. Available here
  • UCL GGI joint policy report with UCL Institute of the Americas and the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), ‘Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America,’ 2016, forthcoming.
  • Thomas Pegram and Sarah Hawkes, ‘Lifestyle diseases make global health promotion more difficult than ever,’ The Conversation, 18 June 2014
  • Thomas Pegram and Rory Sullivan, ‘Why the moral case for the living wage is not enough,’ The Guardian, Tuesday 29 April 2014
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘Concern grows over human rights policing vacuum as merger crawls to conclusion,’ The Irish Times, Monday 8 April 2013
  • Thomas Pegram, ‘The equality commission deserves our support,’ The Guardian, Thursday 6 October 2011
  • Does Torture Prevention Work? Case Studies on Chile and Peru, Commissioned and supported by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (March 2014) (with Dr. Par Engstrom, UCL)
  • How must the global health and AIDS architecture be modernised to achieve sustainable global health? Consultation report for UNAIDS and Lancet Commission third Working Group on Defeating AIDS (with Dr. Sarah Hawkes, UCL), 2 December 2013
  • Report commissioned on the merger of the Irish Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority as part of a pan-European study coordinated by University College London, funded by the Nuffield Foundation (February 2013)
  • National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Torture Prevention in Latin America, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Human Rights and Democracy Programme Fund (October 2011) (with Dr. Par Engstrom, UCL)
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain: Challenges and Opportunities, research project supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Human Rights Consortium, University of London (June 2011)

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Teaching and supervision

Tom teaches the core module Global Governance on the MSc in Global Governance and Ethics (PUBLG114). He also co-teaches with Dr Tom Dabbenbaum on the module International Human Rights Standards and Institutions (PUBLG063).

He welcomes applications to supervise PhD students in any area of his research expertise. Any prospective research student is welcome to email him with a short research proposal and a CV.

He currently supervises two doctoral students as co-supervisor:

• Guillermo Jimenez (commenced Oct 2013) – Guillermo is examining non-judicial institutions of administrative justice with particular interest in the Latin American democratization context. With Professor Jeff King, UCL Laws.

• Domenico Zipoli (commenced March 2016) – Domenico is researching the important interactions of national human rights institutions with the United Nations treaty body system for advancing human rights promotion and protection in domestic jurisdictions. With Dr Malcolm Langford, University of Oslo.

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