Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is a Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the School of International Policy and Governance (Balsillie School of International Affairs). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her most recent books include Reparations to Africa (2008) and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), as well as her co-edited The Age of Apology (2008) and the forthcoming co-edited Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept.
She maintains a website on political apologies and a blog, Rights & Rightlessness, which can be accessed at rhodahassmann.blogspot.com.
My current research is for a book on state food crimes, where states create situations in which their own citizens, or people under their authority, experience famine or malnutrition. The first case study is of manipulation of land rights and food distribution in Zimbabwe since 2000. The second case is North Korea, where there was a severe famine in the 1990s. I also investigate economic policies in contemporary Venezuela that cause food shortages, and malnutrition in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From these case studies I draw implications for human rights, for the international law of genocide and crimes against humanity, and for the responsibility to protect.
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