Making international human rights policy smarter

When Dr Morten Pedersen speaks, international policy makers listen. Having come into academia from the world of policy analysis, Pedersen has been a thought leader on the international community’s responses to ongoing issues in Myanmar for the past decade and a half.

In recent years, his focus has broadened to look at how global bodies promote a liberal, internationalist agenda. His research considers how the international community can best promote peace, democracy and human rights.

Pedersen consults frequently with governments and international organisations. His work is read by policy makers, diplomats and NGO staff, as well as academics.

“It can be difficult to trace impact when you are working on foreign policy since no government or international organisation will, of course, rely on advice from a single source,” he says.

“But I know that my work has been passed on to Prime Ministers and referred to in UN Security Council speeches. Three years ago, I drew up the general framework for 25 million dollars of EU assistance for peace in Myanmar. In cases like that, the impact can be direct.”