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The Rights Track

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The Rights Track podcast gets the hard facts about the human rights challenges facing the world today and aims to get our thinking about human rights on the right track.The podcast is hosted by Professor Todd Landman, a human rights scholar and champion for the advancement of human rights understand… read more

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Eyewitness: using digital technology to prosecute human rights abusers

June 28th, 2022

29:17

In epiosde 8 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Todd is in conversation with Wendy Betts, Director of eyeWitness, an International Bar Association …

Democracy assaulted: are we our own worst enemy?

May 26th, 2022

28:30

In Episode 7 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Todd is joined by Tom Nichols, Professor Emeritus of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War …

Liberating our minds in a digital world: how do we do it?

May 11th, 2022

31:47

In episode 6 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, we're joined by Susie Alegre, an international human rights lawyer and associate at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in digital rights. Susie's work focuses in …

Using prison data to reduce incarceration

April 14th, 2022

22:22

In Episode 5 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Todd is in conversation with Amrit Dhir, Director of Partnerships at Recidiviz – a team of …

An optimist's view: What makes data good?

March 23rd, 2022

30:18

In Episode 4 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Todd is in conversation with Sam Gilbert, an entrepreneur and affiliated researcher at the Bennett …

Dizzying digital change: how is it disrupting our lives and our world?

February 15th, 2022

27:23

In Episode 3 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Professor Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and …

Getting to grips with the grammar of human rights

January 20th, 2022

26:19

In Episode 2 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Martin Scheinin, British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency joins Todd to …

Human rights in a digital world: the pitfalls and positives

December 10th, 2021

24:18

In Episode 1 of Series 7 of The Rights Track, Todd is in conversation with Ben Lucas, Managing Director of the University of Nottingham's Data-Driven Discovery Initiative (3DI). 

Together they discuss the threat to …

Sowing Division: COVID-19, democracy and migration

July 20th, 2021

31:40

In Episode 8 of Series 6 Todd is in conversation with Arlene Tickner and David Owen about the impact of Covid-19 on democracy and migration. Arlene …

Tackling Covid-19 and terrorism - the need for a human rights approach

July 12th, 2021

29:13

In Episode 7 of Series 6 Todd is in conversation with Tom Parker, a prominent counterterrorism practitioner who has consulted for the EU, the UN, …

Promoting and preserving children’s rights after Covid-19: what needs to happen?

May 11th, 2021

27:52

In Episode 6 of Series 6, Todd is joined by Professor Aoife Nolan, to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the human rights of children. …

Covid and refugees: protecting the rights of the other

April 19th, 2021

26:46

In Episode 5 of Series 6, Todd is talking to Mahi Ramakrishnan. Mahi is a refugee rights activist and runs a non-profit organisation, Beyond Borders Malaysia, which works to promote and protect the rights of refugees …

Do human rights provide a pathway out of the pandemic?

April 7th, 2021

28:27

In Episode 4 of Series 6, Todd is in conversation with Alison Brysk, Professor of Global Governance at the University of California. Alison’s recent work has focused on the global impact of Covid-19 on human rights. In …

Covid and incarceration: how is the pandemic affecting prisons and prisoners

March 4th, 2021

27:08

In Episode 3 of Series 6, Todd is joined by David Fathi, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project to discuss the impact of Covid19 on prisons and prisoners in the USA.

00.00 – 04.40

David …

Covid, race and inequality: why it's time to hold tight to human rights

January 21st, 2021

30:12

In Episode 2 of Series 6 Attorney Dominique Day, founder and Executive Director of the Daylight Collective which seeks to fill the space between the …

COVID-19 and women's rights: what impact is the pandemic having?

December 10th, 2020

25:58
 

In Episode 1 of Series 6, Todd is talking with Dr. Nina Ansary an award-winning Iranian-American author, historian, and women's rights advocate. Nina is the UN Women Global Champion for Innovation and Visiting Fellow …

Freedom from slavery: what have we learned from The Rights Track?

October 5th, 2020

53:03

In this second of two special episodes of The Rights Track, Todd reflects on what has been learned about modern slavery from our podcast and its contribution towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to end global …

Advancing human rights: what have we learned from The Rights Track?

September 23rd, 2020

54:30

In this first of two special episodes of The Rights Track, Todd reflects on what has been learned about the advancement of human rights from our podcast since it was launched in 2015. 

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The Congo, cobalt and cash: what connects SDGs 9 and 8.7?

August 26th, 2020

32:18

In Episode 8 of Series 5  Todd is joined by Siddharth Kara and Hannah Lerigo-Stephens. Siddharth is an author, researcher, screenwriter and activist on modern slavery who has spent many years investigating the issue of …

The business of modern slavery: what connects SDG 8.7 with its overarching SDG8?

August 11th, 2020

40:15

In Episode 7 of Series 5, Todd is joined by John Gathergood, Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham, and Genevieve LeBaron, …

Global partnerships to end modern slavery: what connects SDGs 8.7 and 17?

July 21st, 2020

31:35

In Episode 6 of Series 5 of The Rights Track, Todd is talking with Jasmine O'Connor and Emily Wyman. Jasmine is CEO of Anti-Slavery International, which has been fighting to end slavery since its foundation in 1839. …

Creating stronger places for child rights: what connects SDGs 8.7 and 11?

July 2nd, 2020

29:20

In Episode 5 of Series 5 of The Rights Track, Todd is talking with Ravi Prakash and Phil Northall. Ravi is a consultant for the Freedom Fund’s new …

Walking the supply chain to uphold human rights: what connects SDGs 12 and 8.7

June 5th, 2020

29:13

In Episode 4 of Series 5 of the Rights Track, Todd is talking with Elaine Michel-Hill and  Arianne Griffith. Elaine is the business and human rights lead at Marshalls plc, a leading hard landscape company serving both …

Strengthening laws and ending modern slavery: what connects SDGs 16 and 8.7?

May 6th, 2020

31:03

In Episode 3 of Series 5 of the Rights Track, Todd is talking with Dr Katarina Schwarz and Dr Laura Dean. Katarina leads the Law and Policy

Health and slavery: what connects SDG 3 and SDG 8.7?

February 19th, 2020

24:11

In Episode 1 of Series 5 Todd talks to Professor Luis da Costa Leão, Professor in the Department of Collective Health at the Federal University of …

Life after slavery: what does freedom really look like?

October 13th, 2019

24:51

In Episode 8 Series 4, Todd talks with Juliana Semione, a research associate at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, who is working to reduce …

Fast fashion and football: a question of ethics

July 29th, 2019

21:41

In Episode 7 of Series 4, Todd talks with Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, a cross bench member of the House of Lords currently working to amend the …

How is the UN working to end modern slavery?

July 3rd, 2019

23:15

In Episode 6 of Series 4, we talk to James Cockayne, Director of Centre for Policy Research at the United Nations University in New York. He is the …

How is the church leading the fight to end modern slavery?

April 2nd, 2019

19:27

In Episode 4 of Series 4, we talk to the Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern,  Chair of Trustees at Sarum College and, until recently, Bishop of Derby …

Becoming a slave: who's vulnerable to being trafficked?

February 19th, 2019

23:32

In Episode 3 of Series 4 Dr Patricia Hynes from the University of Bedfiordshire and Patrick Burland, Senior Project Officer for Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery for the UN Migration Agency (IOM) discuss their

Fighting slavery on the ground: what does it look like?

December 17th, 2018

20:58

In Episode 2 of Series 4 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Dan Vexler, Director of Programs at The Freedom Fund  and asks the question “How do you fight slavery on the ground?”

In an interview recorded on International …

The useable past: what lessons do we learn from history in the fight to end slavery?

November 12th, 2018

23:35

In Episode 1 of Series 4 of The Rights Track, Todd is in the United States, where he interviews leading slavery experts Professor David Blight from Yale University and Professor John Stauffer from Harvard University …

Modern slavery: a human rights approach

July 17th, 2018

33:46

In Episode 8, guest host Zoe Trodd, Director of The Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham interviews regular Rights Track host Todd Landman 

Crunching numbers: modern slavery and statistics

April 9th, 2018

20:43

In Episode 6 we talk modern slavery statistics and the challenges that face those trying to get to the hard facts about the issue. Our guest is  Sir …

Eye in the sky: rooting out slavery from space

March 5th, 2018

21:33

In Episode 5 of Series 3 we find out how satellites are being used to root out slavery from space. Our guest is Dr Doreen Boyd from the University of Nottingham who is part of a team of researchers who are the first on …

Voices of slavery: listen and learn

February 1st, 2018

23:25

In Episode 4 of Series 3 we talk about why the voices of modern slaves are key to finding the solutions that will help end slavery. Our guests are

Unchained supply: eradicating slavery from the supply chain

January 8th, 2018

23:31

In Episode 3 of Series 3 of The Rights Track we talk to Dr Alexander Trautrims  from the University of Nottingham who leads the Rights Lab’s programme of research helping businesses to develop and implement measures to …

Slavery-free cities: why community is key

December 1st, 2017

24:05

In Episode 2 of Series 3 of The Rights Track we talk to Dr Alison Gardner, from the University of Nottingham who leads the Rights Lab’s ‘Slavery-Free Communities’ initiative. Through work with statutory, business and …

Blueprint for Freedom: ending modern slavery by 2030

November 9th, 2017

22:25

In Episode 1 of Series 3 of The Rights Track we talk to Professor Zoe Trodd, Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, which, through its programme of trans disciplinary research is seeking to help end …

Hating the haters: tackling radical right groups in the United States

October 5th, 2017

23:37

In Episode 12 of Series 2 of The Rights Track we talk radical right groups in the United States with Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director for …

Picture this: using photography to make a case for environmental rights

August 31st, 2017

19:27

In Episode 11 of Series 2 of The Rights Track Todd talks to the internationally acclaimed environmentalist photographer Garth Lenz about the idea of crimes against the environment and how his photography helps to make …

Refugees: why hard times need hard facts

August 21st, 2017

19:48

In Episode 10 of Series 2 of The Rights Track Todd talks to Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UNHCR’s Representative to the UK about refugees. We get some hard facts and statistics on numbers of refugees and where they’re from, …

Worker rights: a question of basic income?

July 10th, 2017

17:40

In Episode 9 of Series 2 of The Rights Track, Evelyn Astor, Policy Officer at the International Trade Union Confederation in Brussels, talks about …

In the minority: the right to identity, culture and heritage

June 13th, 2017

24:45

In Episode 8 of Series 2 of The Rights Track, Claire Thomas, Deputy Director of Minority Rights Group, talks about upholding the rights of minority …

Evidence for change: the work of Human Rights Watch

April 27th, 2017

20:58

In Episode 7 of Series 2, Todd talks to Iain Levine, Programme Director of Human Rights Watch about how the NGO collects and uses evidence to bring …

Advancing human rights the Amnesty way

March 30th, 2017

24:29

In Episode 6 of Series 2 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Meghna Abraham, Head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Team at Amnesty …

Islam and the West: questions of human rights

March 6th, 2017

26:47

In Episode 5 of Series 2 Todd talks to Islamic expert and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Professor Akbar Ahmed from the American …

Pursuing justice: what role for research evidence?

February 7th, 2017

21:38

In Episode 4 of Series 2, Dixon Osburn from the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Fancisco talks about how human rights organisations pursue justice, and the sort of academic evidence used in efforts to …

Women and Trump: a question of rights?

January 20th, 2017

29:02

In this special 3rd episode of our second series of The Rights Track, sociologist and feminist, Monica Casper from the University of Arizona talks to …

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

January 2nd, 2017

20:07

In Episode 2 of Series 2, Todd talks to Elisabeth Witchell, Impunity Campaign Consultant with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) about the …

Gay rights - how far have we come?

December 10th, 2016

24:33

In Episode 1 of Series 2 of The Rights Track, we talk gay rights with Richard Beaven, successful businessman and Trustee of the LGBT campaign group …

Does America need a Truth Commission?

October 31st, 2016

44:19

In Episode 12 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Dr Karen Salt and Dr Christopher Phelps from the University of Nottingham about human rights in America through the lens of race. He asks his guests whether a Truth …

Human rights: reasons to be joyful

October 6th, 2016

27:24

In Episode 11 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Professor William Paul Simmons from the University of Arizona about marginalised groups and his …

Making human rights our business

August 25th, 2016

25:42

In Episode 10 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Professor Shareen Hertel from the University of Connecticut about the world of business and human …

Does a picture speak a thousand words when advocating human rights?

August 8th, 2016

22:11

In Episode 9 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to professional lawyer and human rights researcher Professor Meg Satterthwaite from New York University …

Digesting food crime: is there an appetite for prosecution?

July 13th, 2016

22:14

In Episode 8 of The Rights Track, Todd talks to Professor Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, International Chair of Human Rights at Wilfred Laurier University in Canada about state food crime, what it is, where it’s happening, why …

How can statistics advance human rights?

June 16th, 2016

30:46

In Episode 7 of The Rights Track, Todd asks Patrick Ball, Director of Research for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, how and when statistics can be used to advance and protect human rights. Here are some notes from …

A matter of opinion: What do we really think about human rights?

May 24th, 2016

23:53

In Episode 6 of The Rights Track, Todd asks James Ron, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Minnesota, about his work with David Crow at the Centro de Investigation y Docencia Economicas, CIDE

Beyond GDP: a measure of economic and social rights

April 14th, 2016

30:54

In Episode 5 of The Rights Track, Todd asks Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs at the New School in New York, about human …

Modern day slavery: counting and accounting

March 8th, 2016

38:22

In Episode 4 of The Rights Track, Todd asks Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Hull, about modern day slavery, the …

How do we count victims of torture?

February 3rd, 2016

26:16

Episode Note from Todd Landman

We are saddened to learn that Will Moore died on 19 April 2017. Professor Moore gave tirelessly of his time to advance …

Do NGOs matter?

January 13th, 2016

21:35

In this Episode of the Rights Track, Todd asks Amanda Murdie of the University of Missouri about the methods she uses to look at when and how NGOs …

Are we better at human rights than we used to be?

December 10th, 2015

22:51

In this Episode of the Rights Track and on International Human Rights Day, Todd asks Professor Chris Fariss of Pennsylvania State University about the methods he uses to look at the human rights performance of countries …

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