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Jonathan Crock Professorial Lecturer SIS - Peace HR CR

Jonathan Crock (pronouns: he, him, his) is an expert in democracy and human rights law. He researches the human right to democratic decision-making, including new developments in rights of direct political democracy, environmental democracy, workplace democracy, democratic control of technology, and the human right to democratic decision-making in global governance. His research focuses on how innovations in democracy that shift power can help dismantle neocolonialism and systemic racism, sexism, and classism.

Professor Crock is a research affiliate at Leiden University, Grotius Center for International Legal Studies (Netherlands). He has law degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. Professor Crock has given talks at Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Cornell Law School, University of Melbourne Law School (Australia), Georgetown University Law Center, University of Maryland School of Law, The New School, University of London (England), University of Dundee (Scotland), University of California—Santa Barbara, Rutgers University, Fordham University, College of William & Mary, and American University, among others.

Professor Crock's previous experience includes working at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Institute of Peace, Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Agency for International Development, Supreme Court of the United States, and as a foreign policy advisor on U.S. presidential campaigns. He previously taught at George Washington University and the College of William and Mary. He has lived, worked, and traveled in over 80 countries and speaks French, Russian, and Polish.

Cutting-Edge Human Rights

I welcome new students interested in a wide range of cutting-edge human rights, including but not limited to the areas listed below. Over 130 of my students have published their coursework in leading human rights publications and have authored human rights reports that have been cited by UN and other human rights bodies in these areas.
    • Artificial intelligence (AI), technology, and human rights
    • Decolonizing democracy, participatory and deliberative democracy, citizens' assemblies
    • Right to decolonization, right to political, economic, social, and cultural self-determination
    • Intersectional rights
    • Right to racial equity and non-discrimination
    • Rights of Indigenous peoples
    • Right to reparations
    • Women’s rights, gender rights
    • LGBTQIA2S+ and diverse SOGIESC rights
    • Refugee and migrant persons rights
    • Disability rights
    • Genocide, mass atrocities, and international humanitarian law
    • Transitional justice, conflict resolution, and peace-building
    • Decolonization, global inequality, and poverty as a crime against humanity
    • Environmental rights, animal rights, rights of nature, right to sustainable development
    • Economic, social, and cultural rights
    • Right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
    • Modern monetary theory, monetary and fiscal policy, and human rights
    • Trade, intellectual property (IP), investment, and human rights
    • Business and human rights; corporate social responsibility (CSR); environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
    • Workplace democracy, cooperative workplaces, and labor rights
    • Inter-American, African, European, Arab, ASEAN, other human rights law and systems

See Also
Prof. Jonathan Crock Website
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Spring 2023

  • SIS-622 Human Rights

  • SISU-270 Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

  • SISU-270 Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

  • SISU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

Fall 2023

  • SIS-622 Human Rights

  • SIS-622 Human Rights

  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: The U.S. & Int'l Human Rights