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16 March 2017

NordSTEVA workshop on the threats to societal values and human security.

Time:

 16-17 March 2017
Place:

Stockholm University, Frescati campus.
Building: Aula Magna
Room: Bergmannen

Ulrika Mörth, Ian Higham and Mark Rhinard from Stockholm University organise the workshop: Trade, Commerce and Societal Values in the Digital Age: A European Perspective.

The liberalization of international trade and the transnational expansion of the world’s largest corporations has lifted millions out of poverty, created new jobs where there were previously none, and allowed for goods, money and information to flow more freely across international borders. Liberalization of trade over the past three decades has paralleled rapid technological advancements that simultaneously challenge, construct and reconstruct international borders in cyberspace. At the same time, globalization has exacerbated inequality both within and between countries and poses myriad challenges for transnational governance.

Policymakers from the United States and the European Union have been grappling with how to link transnational governance of trade and investment with other policy objectives related to human rights and societal values. The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership presented one path to governing the transnational flows of data to ensure that rights are protected online. Yet Brexit is casting doubts that TTIP will come to fruition, neither trade giant has agreed on how to negotiate the protection of digital rights, and corporations continue to threaten human security online.

The broader business and human rights debate is also far from settled. Increasing globalization has made many people less secure, as corporations fail to assess their human rights impacts when moving into new markets where the rule of law is weak or in established markets where government policies send conflicting signals. The European Union has said that ICT companies, for example, pose a threat to “security of person” and numerous other human rights. Yet EU institutions and member state governments have largely failed to link business regulation with security policy.

This workshop calls for papers on the threats to societal values and human security posed by globalization processes. The workshop has a global focus, but we especially welcome papers studying the role of the European Union and member state governments in advancing (or violating) human rights and societal values in the digital age. We are looking for papers addressing the role of trade policy in advancing or hindering digital rights promotion, and also the role of governments and international organizations in holding businesses accountable for human rights violations and pursuing societal or human security policy through regulation. We also welcome papers that address broader European security questions with some topical relevance.

The workshop is jointly sponsered by the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, the Graduate School of International Studies (SIS), and the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA). 

To be considered for participation in the workshop, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to ulrika.morth@statsvet.su.se, mark.rhinard@ekohist.su.se, and ian.higham@statsvet.su.se.

The proposed schedule is:

16 March 2017

Location: 

Room: Bergmannen

Building: Aula Magna

9:00-10:45
Panel discussion on the potential and limitations of trade policy in securing human rights in the digital age. The panel will be announced prior to the event and guest scholar Dr. Susan Ariel Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs and Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a prominent scholar of global public policy and a world-leading expert on the subject of digital trade, digital rights/Internet governance, and business and human rights.

10:45-11:00
Coffee break

11:00-12:30
Paper presentations

12:30-13:30
Lunch at the Faculty Club, Stockholm University

13:30-17:00
Paper presentations

19:00
Dinner (Location TBA)

17 March 2017

09:00-10:30
Paper presentations

10:30-10:45
Coffee break

10:45-11:45
Paper presentations

11:45-12:30
Concluding session

12:30-13:30
Lunch at the Faculty Club, Stockholm University