René Wolfsteller

René Wolfsteller
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg | MLU · Institut für Politikwissenschaft und Japanologie

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Politics

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Introduction
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Politics Department at Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany. My research focuses on the institutionalisation of international human rights norms, on climate governance and sustainability. I have a special interest in National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), in Business and Human Rights, and in the British Human Rights System.

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In diesem Beitrag werden die Ziele, Konzeption und Ergebnisse der Studie »Ost-Migrantische Analogien I« des DeZIM-Instituts (2019) diskutiert. Nachdem die Leistungen und der wissenschaftliche Mehrwert der Studie gewürdigt werden, erfolgt eine Kritik an der Diskrepanz zwischen dem behaupteten und dem tatsächlichen Erkenntnisgewinn der Studie, der Au...
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One of the key challenges in the domestic implementation of international human rights norms and standards is to adapt and translate them in such a way that they become locally accepted while retaining their transformative potential. Contrary to the common assumption that such translation is necessary especially in the Global South, this article se...
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In the contemporary political world order that continues to be structured by the principle of national sovereignty, the fate of human rights ultimately depends on states as the main guarantors and transgressors of rights. The analysis of the conditions and processes of their effective institutionalisation therefore requires a focus on the state lev...
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We introduce this special issue on Benjamin Gregg's recent theory of a human rights state by contextualising it within current human rights scholarship and explicating its core claims, before we provide an overview of the eight contributions. We argue that the concept of a human rights state addresses two interrelated problems within human rights r...
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The evolution of the political theory of human rights for the past twenty years is perhaps best described—by altering a phrase of Charles Taylor—as a “metaphysical limbo” of legitimation. In the course of this “limbo” scholars from various disciplines have been engaging in a competition to provide a better, more persuasive foundation for the univer...
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Since the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, they have diffused into policy frameworks, laws, and regulations across the globe. This special issue seeks to advance the interdisciplinary field of human rights research by examining key elements of the emerging transnational...
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While National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are widely regarded as particularly promising tools in the emerging transnational regime for the regulation of business and human rights, we still know little about their potential and actual contribution to this field. This article bridges the gap between business and human rights research and NHRI...
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Seit der Verabschiedung der Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte (UNLP) durch den Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen vor zehn Jahren hat sich ein transnationaler Regime-Komplex aus einer Vielzahl von Akteuren, Strategien und Steuerungsmechanismen mit dem Ziel herausgebildet, die Pflichten und Verantwortlichkeiten von Unternehmen z...
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As the UK and the EU are entering the final phase in the negotiations over a post-Brexit trade deal, it has become clear that there is a fundamental clash of interests not only about fishing and governance issues but also about human rights. As a key condition for the future collaboration on security issues, criminal prosecution and law enforcement...
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Vol. 36 492 HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY result to be a veritable mish-mash of poli-cies: intervention here, condemnation there, peacekeepers placed throughout. In the last two empirical chapters—on Darfur and Libya, respectively—All Necessary Measures introduces another outcome to this web of causal stories: international criminal prosecution. While hum...
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With his recent book The Sacredness of the Person, which is the English translation of the widely regarded German original from 2011, the social philosopher Hans Joas aims to explain how the belief in the idea of human rights as a set of universal values emerged in a particular historical setting. In fact, his study has the potential to have a stim...

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Book reviews and conference reports, ongoing
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National Human Rights Institutions
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British Human Rights System, book