Call for Papers: Rights of the Individual during the Cold War

The workshop organized by the Civil Society Group of the Nordic and North/Central European Network for Cold War Researchers (NORCENCOWAR Civil Society), Copenhagen 11-12 March 2011 

During the Cold War various rights pertaining to individuals and groups were codified into international law. Their codification brought up and tried to answer questions of what the relationship should be between individuals and/or groups should be with the State; what regulation or policy should protect these rights on or beyond the State level; who were to be counted among a State’s citizens and/or nationals; and, what protection was due to groups and/or individuals that fell outside these categories.

Decision makers in ‘the West’ grappled with these questions throughout the Cold War period, and tried to find a new balance between the Human Rights of the individual and the principle of State Sovereignty. In the Eastern Bloc, where citizenship was defined through the group rather than on an individual basis, decision makers tended to retain a similar logic to that of the interwar minority group regulation. The principle of State Sovereignty was redefined within the Eastern Bloc, and the relationship between the group and the State seemed to offer less of a challenge to State Sovereignty than the Western Human Rights of the individual.

The Workshop on Rights of the Individual during the Cold War aims to explore the links between the State, the Citizen and the Individual and their relation to international law, both from an Eastern and a Western perspective within a Cold War context.

Call for papers: (deadline for abstract/synopsis submission: 15 December)

The Civil Society group invites papers that reflect upon some of the following perspectives and themes:

- Group rights vs. individual rights: The divergent understanding of democracy, sovereignty and basic human rights in East and West.

- Perceptions of citizenship and the nation: How to understand the role of indigenous people, refugees and minorities within the State.

- To redefine a relationship from the ‘outside’: The impact of international law on the jurisdiction, codification, application or perception of the State and its citizen.

- The right to disagree: Political dissidents and their position from an individual/group right perspective.

An abstract or brief synopsis (1-2 pages) should be submitted to by 15 December 2010. Accepted papers are due in manuscript form on 18 February 2011. The format of full papers is maximum 20 pages manuscripts (font size 12, normal margins). Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for a possible publication, which will be further discussed at the workshop itself.


For further information or other enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Rasmus Mariager; Karl Molin; or Kjersti Brathagen 

Publisert 16. nov. 2010 09:58 - Sist endret 16. nov. 2010 10:03