Field of Research: Intra-Organisational Logics of Regional Organisations and their Interactive Effects on Human Rights Policies
Michael Giesen is a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department of the Free University Berlin in the joint “Human Rights under Pressure” programme. He holds a BA degree in Political Science (Chemnitz University of Technology) and a MA degree in International Relations (joint programme Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin and University of Potsdam). Before his Masters, Michael had been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working on IR and cooperation theory as well as international and regional organisations. During a study semester at the University of Oslo in his Masters he was also working on peace and conflict studies and policy dynamics of international organisations. In Chemnitz as well as Berlin, he had been working as an undergraduate tutor, research and publication assistant at the Chair of International Relations and the Kolleg-Forschergruppe “The Transformative Power of Europe”, respectively. After his Master, he conducted a research internship at UNU-CRIS in Bruges on regionalism and diplomacy. He is also co-founder and member of the editorial board at the student-run IReflect – Student Journal of International Relations. His current research interests are IR and organisational theory of international and regional organisations, international parliamentary institutions and cooperation, regionalism and human rights.
*Intra-Organisational Logics of Regional Organisations and their Interactive Effects on Human Rights Policies*
Most of today´s international and regional organisations (IOs and ROs) are not mere intergovernmental arenas or administrative units, but multi-purpose political systems with bodies and sub-units that are organisationally differentiated. They incorporate intergovernmental bodies along courts, parliamentary assemblies, banks, special commissions, non-governmental special issue networks and so on. Human rights are one important and specific policy field that involves a multitude of these actors especially in the context of regional organisations. I argue, that all of these actors display a variety of inherent, ideal-type, and organisationally differentiated logics of action that help explaining the organisations´ overall human rights policies. Therefore, I ask how do inherent organisational logics and their interaction within regional organisations promote or hinder the realisation of human rights policies.