"Thinking about Latin America as a Region: the Americas, South America, or the Global South?"
César Rodríguez Garavito, Visiting Faculty Member, School of Law, New York University; legal scholar, sociologist and human rights advocate, Colombia.
Kathryn Sikkink, The Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.
Latin Americans have long debated their regional identity; are they Pan-Americans together with the United States, or have they formed a unique identity in reaction against the United States? Today, some leaders and activists in Latin America think of themselves as part of the Global South, while Brazil has seen itself as part of a group of emerging powers, as one of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). Drawing on diverse examples from development policy to human rights, we will discuss these multiple and sometimes contradictory impulses towards regional identity.
César Rodríguez Garavito is a Colombian legal scholar, sociologist and human rights advocate. His research focuses on the transformation of law and politics in the context of globalization. He is currently a visiting faculty member at the NYU School of Law. His recent books include The Global Expansion of the Rule of Law; Socio-Economic Rights: Justice, Politics and Economics in Latin America (coed.); Race, Racism and Human Rights in Colombia; Beyond Displacement: Human Rights, Public Policies and Forced Displacement in Colombia (ed.).
Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the HKS. Her recent books include The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics, and Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century.