Human Rights and Pluralism: Fresh Perspectives and New Directions

The Nathanson Centre is delighted to announce a panel presentation showcasing some of the exciting research being undertaken by current Visiting and Post-Doctoral Fellows, featuring Syed Muhammad Azeem, Sanja Dragić, Lovepreet Kaur & Miriam Zucker. Each panellist will present an ongoing research project, followed by an audience Q&A.


Please join us on March 22ndfrom 12:30 to 2:20PM, either in-person for lunch, or virtually by Zoom!




Dr. Syed Muhammad Azeem, “Labour Law from a ‘Third World’/‘South’ Perspective: A Postcolonial/Decolonial Theory of Labour Law”

This forthcoming book analyzes how struggles for decolonisation and the politics of postcolonial critique by countries of ‘the third world’/’south’ inspired the rank-and-file trade union in the West and played a vital role in the development of international labour law.


Dr. Sanja Dragić, ‘We will not allow the boat to be rocked’: Colour Revolutions, Civil Society and International Law

Civil society is at the heart of the political backlash worldwide. Among others, populist leaders invoke the narrative of “colour revolutions” to restrict or eradicate the space of “civil society.” What is the role of international law in contributing to and regulating the backlash?


Dr. Lovepreet Kaur, “Marriage Equality for the LGBT+ Community and the Potential for Reforms in Indian Family Law”

This research aims to analyze the social, cultural, and legal barriers to marriage equality faced by the LGBT+ community and the potential for transforming Indian family law to provide equal rights for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The study aims to contribute to inform future policy and legal reforms towards equality and inclusiveness.


Dr. Miriam Zucker, “Culturalizing Gender-Based Violence: Comparative Perspectives on the Role of the State in the Vulnerability of Minority Women and Girls to Oppressive Marriage Arrangements”

In 2015, with the introduction of Bill S-7, the “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,” Canada joined other countries in responding to forced marriage practices through a heavy-handed interventionist approach, doubling down on criminalization and restrictive immigration laws. This paper critically examines these legal trends and identifies their understated function as a new form of colonial violence. It offers some alternatives in family law and child welfare law that might better serve women and girls’ interests and needs.