Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities
Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC-Asheville. He is also the Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Faculty of Law, Lund University (Sweden), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lancaster University (UK). Professor Gibney has taught at Purdue University, the University of Copenhagen, Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Bergen (Norway). He is presently a consultant at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Center for the Study of Civil War; and a member of the Economic and Social Rights Group (ESRG), Human Rights Center at the University of Connecticut.
Gibney’s most recent book projects include: The Handbook of Human Rights (edited volume with Anja Mihr) (Sage Publications, 2014); Watching Human Rights: The 101 Best Films (Paradigm, 2013); Litigating Transnational Human Rights Obligations: Alternative Judgments (edited volume with Wouter Vandenhole) (Routledge, 2014); The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Dignity (with Sabine Carey and Steven Poe) (Cambridge 2010); Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations (edited volume with Sigrun Skogly) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010); and The Global Refugee Crisis (ABC-CLIO, 2010).
Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries (www.politicalterrorscale.org). Professor Gibney is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, which in November 2011 produced the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (www.etoconsortium.org). His webpage www.WatchingHumanRights.org is devoted to reviewing and analyzing human rights film.
Gibney is currently the Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee and Chair of the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association. In 2011 he was recognized by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association as a Distinguished Human Rights Scholar.
- Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan;
- J.D. Villanova University School of Law;
- BA in Political Sicence, Boston College
- POLS 327: Constitutional Law
- POLS330 WI/DI: Individual Rights and Civil Liberties
- POLS 331: Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy
- POLS 388: Human Rights and International Politics
Access Mark Gibney's Curriculum Vita here: Gibney CV - January 2015
- Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Faculty of Law, Lund University, 2014-16
- Steering Committee and Founding Member, Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, 2007-present
- Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Lancaster University, 2007-present
- Consultant, Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Center for the Study of Civil War, 2007-present
- Member of the Economic Rights Group (ERG), Human Rights Center, University of Connecticut, 2006-present
- Member of the Migration Industry and Markets for Managing Migration (Copenhagen), 2009-present
- Chair-Elect, Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
- Past-President, Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association
Latest Book Publications
Selected Journal Articles
- “The Political Terror Scale: A Re-Introduction and a Comparison with CIRI” (with Reed Wood) Human Rights Quarterly 32:367-400 (2010)
- “Genocide and State Responsibility,” Human Rights Law Review 7:760-773 (2007)
- “The NATO Bombing Case and the Limits of Western Human Rights Protection,” (with Erik Roxstrom and Terje Einarsen) Boston University International Law Journal 23:55-136 (2005)
- “On the Need for an International Civil Court,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 26:47-58 (2002)
- “Transnational Human Rights Obligations,” (with Sigrun Skogly) Human Rights Quarterly 24:781-98 (2002)
- “The Status of State Apologies,” (with Erik Roxstrom) Human Rights Quarterly 23:911-39 (2001)
- “All the News That’s Fit to Print?: New York Times Coverage of Human Rights Violations,” (with Steven Caliendo) The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 4:48-69 (1999)
- “Transnational State Responsibility for Violations of Human Rights,” (with Katarina Tomasevki and Jens Vedsted-Hansen), Harvard Human Rights Journal 12:267-96 (1999)
- "U.S. Refugee Policy: A Human Rights Analysis Update," (with Vanessa Dalton and Marc Vockell) Journal of Refugee Studies, 5:36-46 (1992)