Publications & Agenda

Published Policy Papers(non-peer reviewed)

  1. Voss, M. "Missed Opportunities Threaten U.N. Human Rights Council With Irrelevance," World Politics Review, December 6, 2012.
  2. Voss, M. "U.N. Human Rights Council Faces a Proving Time," World Politics Review, September 11, 2012. 

Book Projects 

  1. Norm Contestation at the UN Human Rights Council. 

This project examines how norms develop at the UN Human Rights Council with particular emphasis on contested norms. Case studies include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Religious freedom, responses to mass atrocities, and the role of human rights defenders. This book uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. 

  1. The United Nations Human Rights Council at 10 (edited volume)
This edited volume, which I am co-editing with Eric Cox from TCU, examines the UN Human Rights Council at 10 years. The purpose of the book is to measure Council proceedings and outcomes against the Council's mandate. Contributions come from international law and international relations scholars as well as practioners. 

Working Papers

  1. Naming and Shaming Countries in the United Nations Human Rights Council: Do ’Bad Apples’ Matter?- under review.
  2. Implementing the Responsibility to Protect at the United Nations Human Rights Council. - under review .
  3. Norm Development and the United Nation’s new Human Rights Institutions: A Missed Opportunity? - under review.
  4. The United Nations Human Rights Council: A 10 Year Review.
  5. Best Practices for Living-Learning Communities: Insights from a Faculty in Residence (pedagogy). 

Early Stage Working Papers  

  1. Sincere Commitment or Strategic Deflecting? State Voting on Thematic Resolutions in the UN Human Rights Council 
  2. Approaches to Justice within the UN Human Rights Council.
  3. Progress or Peril? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council.
  4. Structure, Interests, or Acculturation? Testing Theories of International Relations in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  5. Emerging Democracies and the United Nations Human Rights Council: Real Impact or Smoke and Mirrors?
  6. Incorporating and Streamlining Service-Learning into the Classroom and Living-Learning Communities (pedagogy) 

Future Research

  1. The United Nations Human Rights Council and the Future of Human Rights Standard-Setting: Towards a New Generation of Rights (book).
  2. International Justice Mechanisms and the Human Rights Council: Aligning the Legal with the Political.
  3. The Universal Periodic Review: A View from America.
  4. The Universal Periodic Review: Evaluating Civil Society’s Response in France.
  5. Europe and the United Nations Human Rights Council: Converging Policies or Wishful thinking? 
  6. The New Third Generation Rights: Tracing Normative Diffusion in Civil Society.
  7. The “Right to be Forgotten: A Human Rights Approach.”