First Advisor

Tom Hastings

Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Conflict Resolution and University Honors


Conflict Resolution




International law and human rights, Nonviolence, Human rights movements




This thesis paper will examine the following question: How can nonviolent movements create enough pressure on human rights-abusing powers so that the enforcement of international law pertaining to human rights is more viable? Through the lens of this question, the paper will argue that one of the most effective ways to fully enforce international law pertaining to human rights is through the success of nonviolent movements whose goals align with it. This paper will further briefly argue that these movements can be helped by the international community through external support in the form of training and advice. To support this argument this paper will break down nonviolent case studies from Serbia, Liberia, and Tunisia to demonstrate that international law pertaining to human rights can be, and already is being, enforced through these types of movements. Finally, this paper will give recommendations a) to nonviolent movements, governments, transnational organizations, and supranational organizations; b) for the more effective enforcement of international law pertaining to human rights; and c) to those engaged in future research.


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