Surveys and Human Rights:  Local Reception of International Norms


A Unique International Conference and Workshop

Mexico City, November 12 & 13, 2015

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Wednesday, November 11

Arrival in Mexico City

Transport to Hotel La Casona

6:45 p.m. Meet in lobby of Hotel La Casona

7:00 p.m. Welcome dinner for international participants

**Azul Condesa Restaurant: Nuevo León 68, Col. Condesa


Thursday, November 12 (Rooms 2 y 3, CIB-Library)

7:00 a.m. Individual breakfast at hotel

8:00 a.m. Transport from La Cason to CIDE

9:00-9:20 – Welcome

  1. David Crow, Assistant Professor, Division for International Studies, CIDE
  2. James Ron, Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs, University of Minnesota, and  Affiliated Professor, CIDE
  3. Lorena Ruano, Chair, Division for International Studies, CIDE
  4. Sergio López-Ayllón, Director, CIDE

9:20-11:00 a.m. – Panel 1: What Can Public Opinion Surveys Bring to the Study and Practice of Human Rights?

  1. Amanda Murdie (University of Missouri)
    •  Human Rights Surveys in International Relations Scholarship
  2. Dahlia Scheindlin (Campaign Strategist, Israel)
    • Data Driven Human Rights Campaigning: The Israeli Experience
  3. Emily Martinez (Open Society Foundation, Washington, D.C.)
    • Constituency Building for Human Rights: Can Surveys Help?
  4. Perseo Quiroz (Amnesty International-México)
    • Survey and Human Rights: Amnesty International Mexico’s Experience


11:00-11:20 a.m. Coffee Break


11:20 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Panel 2: Country Specific Surveys

  1. Sarah Kreps (Cornell University, Ithaca)
    • Drone strikes, international law and US public opinion
  2. Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire)
    • More than a Word? “Genocide” and Public Opinion in the United States
  3. James Ron (Univeristy of Minnesota/CIDE)
    • Human Rights Definitions and Trust in NGOs Across Four Countries
  4. Laurence Janta-Lipinski (YouGov, UK)
    • Knowing Your Audience and How to Reach Them  


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch (at CIDE)


2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Panel 3: Country Specific Surveys

  1. Ted Gerber (University of Wisconsin)
    • Bad News/Good News: Russian Public Opinion on Human Rights and Foreign Funding of NGOs in Comparative Perspective
  2. Courtney Hillebrecht (University of Nebraska)
    • Political Preferences as a Function of Human Rights Attitudes in Mexico
  3. David Crow (CIDE, Mexico City)
    • Experiences of Crime and Attitudes Towards Human Rights in Mexico
  4. Jeong-Woo Koo (Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea)
    • The National Human Rights Survey of South Korea: The Origins, Structure, and Consequences


4:20 p.m. Transport back to Hotel La Casona

7:45pm Meet in the Lobby of Hotel La Casona

8:00 p.m. Group dinner at restaurant

**La Tecla Restaurant: Durango 186, Col.Roma



Friday, November 13 (Auditorio Cuajimalpa)

7:00 a.m. Individual breakfast at hotel

8:00 a.m. Transportation to CIDE (individual breakfast in hotel)

9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Panel 4: How Can Human Rights Activists Use Surveys?

  1. Shannon Green (Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC)
    • How Can Human Rights Activists Use Surveys?
  2. Rachel Krys (Equally Ours, UK)
    • Using Public Opinion Research to Build Popular Support for Human Rights in the UK
  3. Lucía Gpe. Chávez Vargas (Mexican Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights, Mexico City)
  4. Carla Sutherland (The Other Foundation, South Africa)
    • Reframing Global Debates to Reflect Local Realities: Using social attitudes surveys to strengthen Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) advocacy in South Africa


10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee break


11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Panel 5: Bridging the Research/Activist Divide

  1. Aaron Back (New Israel Fund, New York)
    • Moving Beyond ‘Poles Apart’: Reflections from the Israeli Scene
  2. Emma Daly (Human Rights Watch, New York)
  3. Laura Waisbich (Conectas, Brazil)
    • Are All Human Rights Issues Perceived the Same Way? Public Opinion on Criminal Justice and Foreign Policy in Brazil
  • Discussant: Janice Gallagher, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.   Lunch at CIDE

2:45 p.m. – Transport back to La Casona from CIDE

Side meetings (please arrange rooms at La Casona)

7:00 p.m. Meet in lobby of Hotel La Casona

8:00 p.m. Group Dinner at restaurant in Zócalo


Lead Sponsor: 

Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)


Contributing sponsors: 

Stassen Chair for International Affairs, University of Minnesota


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