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‘Misgovernance and Human Rights…’ – Chris Fariss (Michigan) (Co-hosted with the Right’s Lab)

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Chris Fariss (Michigan) will deliver a talk for NICEP in a seminar co-organised with the Right’s Lab on Thursday 15th November at A21 in the Trent Building on University Park Campus, University of Nottingham.

The talk is entitled ‘Misgovernance and Human Rights: Experimental Evidence of Illegal Detention without Intent’, and will be held from 3-4pm.

You can view the paper for this talk here and view the abstract at the bottom of this listing.

Chris Fariss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning this appointment, he was the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University. In June 2013, Chris graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He also studied at the University of North Texas, where he graduated with an M.S. in political science (2007), a B.F.A in drawing and painting (2005), and a B.A. in political science (2005).





Existing explanations of human rights abuses emphasize a strategic logic repression. Yet certain classes of abuses may arise absent the intent to repress because of the misaligned bureaucratic incentives of state agents. To separate strategic repression from bureaucratic incentives we study the responses of state agents working within the Haitian criminal justice to a randomized free legal assistance intervention. Legal assistance addresses moral hazard problems of the bureaucrats responsible for processing cases. We demonstrate that legal assistance accelerates case advancement and liberation, in line with the view that large scale abuses in the justice system result from poor governance and not repressive intent.



Date(s) - 15 Nov 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A21, Trent Building