Intangible Approval: International Responses to State Ratification of Human Rights Agreement

Spring 2010

John Sheffield worked on a project with Professor Beth Simmons and graduate student Richard Nielsen on the inducements states are given to ratify international human rights agreements.  John's work involved collecting reports of intangible reactions of foreign governments to ratification, including praise, recognition, and invitations to meet or to join various organizations or groupings.  He downloaded and developed a computerized search technique for reactions to such ratifications, and he assisted in training and assessing the computerized coding process.  The aim to find out whether states actually earn kudos for participating in international human rights regimes, as much of the literature assumes.

  • Sponsoring Faculty Member: Beth A. Simmons
  • Undergraduate Research Scholar: John Sheffield