The UCL Institute for Human Rights has established the first UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network with partner institutions in Latin America
This has been possible thanks to a British Academy International Partnership grant won by Dr Meckled-Garcia, a co-director at IHR. The network initially encompasses Argentina and Mexico, but links are being forged with scholars in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and more.
This exciting project will bring together academics from the UCL hub of political theory and political philosophy with scholars working in political philosophy and political theory throughout Latin America. The grant will pay for travel and accommodation for scholars travelling to the Network’s workshops and PhD Masterclasses.
Currently the ‘UK-Latin America (Analytical) Political Philosophy Network’ links hubs of researchers working in at least three universities in Argentina (Buenos Aires University; Di Tella University), a university (UNAM) and research institutes in Mexico, with political philosophers at University College London, UK. Discussions are in process with academics in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Costa Rica, for the expansion of the Network.
In addition to the British Academy International Partnership Grant, Dr. Meckled-Garcia has also won a UCL Global Engagement grant from UCL’s Global Engagement Fund to assist more scholars from Latin America in attending the initial Network Workshop in March 2017 (see below).
The Political Philosophy of Economic and Social Human Rights (Principles for Progressive Realisation)
The first three years of the project will focus on the political philosophy of human rights, broadly construed. We have an exciting initial programme of network workshops lined up, focusing on the key problem of how to conceptualise the progressive realisation of economic and social human rights in normative/moral terms.
The first workshop on Human Rights and Progressive Realisation took place in Buenos Aires on the 28, 29 & 30 March 2017 (details here).
The second international Workshop of the UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network (UKLAPPN) took place in Mexico City on the 3, 4, 5 May 2018, please see the programme here.
The third international Workshop of the UKLAPPN takes place in London on the 25, 26, and 27 April 2019, please see the programme here.
The network’s overall mission is to focus on using the methods of Analytical Political Philosophy to arrive at solutions to key problems in political theory and practice.
Colleagues working in human rights theory, and in particular in theories of progressive realisation and core obligations, from an analytical political (and legal) philosophy perspective are welcome to attend the network workshops and to join the Network. This includes UK and Latin American colleagues, but can be extended to colleagues from further afield - the network is very flexible.
We especially welcome Latin American colleagues who wish to participate in events or join the Network either individually or by creating institutional links, to please contact us using the contact details below.
If you are interested in attending the workshops, please contact:
- UCL Institute for Human Rights at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or you can directly contact Dr Meckled-Garcia for information at email@example.com
PhD Student Masterclass Seminars
We particularly welcome PhD students who wish to participate in the network, in any of the project countries. Doctoral students may attend the workshops by invitation (on applying to the network coordinators), and are invited to attend the Network PhD Master Class Seminars, for free but subject to numbers, again by application to the coordinator (we cannot generally pay for travel or accommodation). These will take place alongside the project workshops in each of the project countries in 2017, 2018, and 2019. These will be led by academics from each of the cooperating countries.
- Masterclass seminar 1 (Buenos Aires, 30 March 2017): Concepts, Methods, and Principles of Human Rights Progressive Realisation
- Masterclass Seminar 2 (Mexico City): tbc
- Masterclass Seminar 3 (London): tbc
If you wish to participate, please contact us at the above or below email addresses.
Network Coordinators and Membership
Project hub coordinators
- Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL, London, UK), Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Julio Montero (Lecturer, Philosophy, Buenos Aires University and Researcher for the National Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Contact: email@example.com
- Dr. Moises Vaca (UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico), Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current project hub participants
- Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (Senior Lecturer Dept. Political Science & Director:
- Institute for Human Rights, UCL)
- Dr. Jeff Howard (Lecturer Dept. of Political Science, UCL)
- Dr. Avia Pasternak (Senior Lecturer Dept. of Political Science, UCL)
- Dr. Emily McTernan (Lecturer Dept. of Political Science, UCL)
- Prof George Letsas (Professor Dept. Laws, Director: Institute for Human
- Rights, UCL)
- Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (Reader Dept. Laws, Director: Institute for Human
- Rights, UCL)
- Dr Tom Dannenbaum (Lecturer Dept. of Political Science, UCL)
- Dr. Benedict Rumbold (Research Fellow, Dept. Philosophy, UCL)
- Dr James Wilson (Senior Lecturer, Dept. Philosophy, UCL)
- Buenos Aires
- Dr. Julio Montero (Lecturer, Dept. Philosophy, Buenos Aires University and
- Researcher for National Research Council of Argentina)
- Dr. Mariano Garreta Leclercq (Lecturer, Dept. Philosophy, Buenos Aires
- University and Researcher for National Research Council)
- Prof. Eduardo Rivera López (Professor, Law Faculty, Di Tella University and
- Researcher for National Research Council)
- Prof. Florencia Saulino (Professor, Law Department, San Andrés University)
- Dr. Julieta Manterola (Lecturer, Philosophy Department, Buenos Aires
- Dr. Francisco García Gibson (Lecturer, Philosophy and Law Departments,
- Buenos Aires University and Researcher for National Research Council)
- Dr. Florencia Luna (Lecturer, Political Science Dept., National Research
- Prof. Ezquiel Spector (Professor, Law Faculty, Di Tella University)
- Prof. Marcelo Alegre (Professor, Law Department, Buenos Aires University)
- Dr. Alejandro Chehtman (Lecturer, Law Faculty, Di Tella University)
- Dr. Paola Bergallo (Lecturer, Law Faculty, Di Tella University)
- Dr. Ignacio Mastroleo (Lecturer, Philosophy Department, Buenos Aires
- University, and researcher for National Research Council)
- Mexico City
- Dr. Moises Vaca (Lecturer and Researcher, Dept. Philosophy, National
- Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM])MEXICO HUB GROUP (additional scholars will be invited to workshops):
- Dr. Juan Espíndola (Lecturer, Institute for Social Research, UNAM)
- Dr. Fabiola Rivera (Lecturer, Institute for Philosophical Research, UNAM)
- Dr. Claudio López-Guerra (Lecturer, Center for Research and Teaching in
- Economics [CIDE], Mexico City)
- Dr. Andrea Pozas-Loyo (Lecturer, Institute for Legal Research, UNAM)
- Dr. Luis Enrique Camacho (Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Philosophical
- Research, UNAM)
- Saladin Meckled-Garcia
- Julio Montero: http://cifnet.org.ar/portfolio/julio-montero/, http://grupodefilosofiapolitica.org/?page_id=214
- Moises Vaca: http://www.filosoficas.unam.mx/sitio/moises-vaca
- The PhD seminars we are running advertised here: http://grupodefilosofiapolitica.org/?p=944
- Some appearances of the network in the latin American academic press: http://www.gaceta.unam.mx/20160825/beca-de-la-british-academy-a-investigaciones-filosoficas/
The third Workshop, and the UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network more generally, has been made possible by an International Partnership Grant from the British Academy, and two grants from the UCL Global Engagement Fund, as well as a number of funds in Latin America. We are grateful for the support of these organisations.