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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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The Rights Track is a podcast about human rights. In each episode, a leading analyst at the forefront of the latest critical thinking on human rights is interviewed by our podcast host, Professor Todd Landman, himself a human rights scholar and champion of the advancement of human rights understanding. This series of insightful, compelling and rigorous interviews with academics engaged in systematic human rights research aims to get the hard facts about the human rights challenges facing the world today and to get our thinking about human rights on the right track. Although our interviews focus on often complex research, they have been developed with a much wider audience in mind and we want them to be accessible to anyone with an interest in human rights. The podcast has been established with funding from the Nuffield Foundation
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Islam and the West: questions of human rights

6 March 2017 - 1:00am
In Episode 5 of Series 2 Todd talks to Professor Akbar Ahmed, one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary Islam, about the relationship between Islam and human rights.

Pursuing justice: what role for research evidence?

7 February 2017 - 1:00am
In Episode 4 of Series 2, Dixon Osburn, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Fancisco talks about how human rights organisations pursue justice, and what academic evidence is used to support efforts to prosecute the perpetrators of human rights abuses and crimes?

Women and Trump: a question of rights?

20 January 2017 - 1:00am
In a special episode of The Rights Track, sociologist and feminist, Monica Casper from the University of Arizona talks to Todd Landman about women’s rights in the President Trump era.

Freedom of the press: how do we protect the rights of journalists?

2 January 2017 - 1:00am
In Episode 2 of Series 2, Todd talks to Elisabeth Witchell, Impunity Campaign Consultant with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) about the human rights issues associated with being a journalist.

Gay rights - how far have we come?

10 December 2016 - 1:00am
In Episode 1 of Series 2, we talk gay rights with Richard Beaven, successful businessman and Trustee of the LGBT campaign group Stonewall. Todd asks to what extent the struggle for gay rights has also advanced the human rights of the LGBT community and invites Richard to reflect on efforts made in recent decades to champions them. They also discuss the impact of political events such as the EU referendum and American election on hate crime and to what extent this might undermine the progress that has been made.