Hello RightsViews readers!

While things have slowed down on campus for the summer semester, we’ve been busy working behind the scenes at RightsViews and have many updates to share with you.

First of all, we bid a big farewell to our founding co-editor, Tanya O’Carroll. It was Tanya’s vision for an interactive, digital forum for human rights students and scholars that got this blog up and running. Since graduating from Columbia’s Human Rights Studies MA program, Tanya has moved back to London where she is working at the Amnesty International Secretariat on a project that collaborates with the technology community
to help build solutions to human rights challenges. She will remain a member of our editorial board, but is handing the reigns over to Eve and two new members of our team. Good luck Tanya, and don’t forget to tweet about us!!

This summer, Laura Reed will join RightsViews as an Editor, and Jessica Eaton will be joining us as an Assistant Editor. Bringing together a range of editorial experience and human rights knowledge, our new team hopes to build upon what we started last year by bringing you more topical and thought-provoking work from Columbia’s human rights community.  You can read more about their backgrounds and interests on our editors page.

Coming up in the next few weeks, we will have another “Notes from field” post from a graduate student recently returned from Costa-Rica’s coffee plantations; coverage of Human Rights Watch’s 2012 film festival; and a piece on international campaigns against “water grabbing.”

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