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Postcolonial Trojan Horse or genuine agent for change? An inquiry into postcolonial engagement between Third World States and the United Nations, 17 October 2019

Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan (Griffith College, Dublin) will present a paper analysing the UN's engagement with Third World countries.

Abstract: Third World states, with their colonial inheritance of violent governance, paired with multifaceted ethno-religious compositions, led to a rich engagement with international human rights instruments. However, despite active membership in the United Nations -especially during the decolonisation process- post-colonial trials and tribulations are emblematic of the limited influence the international organisation had exerted upon countries of the Global South.

Assessing the impact of this international engagement, this talk will outline the engagement of the Global South with the United Nations against the background of colonial and post-colonial development. Postcolonial elitism, the talk will argue, used international human rights bodies for the furtherance of accumulation of wealth for the few, while enabling neoliberal investors to hijack the national frameworks for the development of imperialism.

The talk will offer an innovative approach to gauging the impact of international human rights engagement, while also taking into account the colonial and post-colonial imperatives that have partly dictated governmental behaviours towards the United Nations. By doing so, the talk seeks to elucidate and analyse international human rights law, post-colonial critique, studies on biopower, and critical approaches to international law.

Date and time: Thursday, 17 October 2019 (12:30-2 pm)

Speaker: Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan, Griffith College Dublin (Ireland)

Venue: Garendon room, 4th floor, Charles Wilson Building. For more info and directions check our map

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