David Phillips is researching international jurisprudence and transnational human rights bodies for Professor Paolo Carozza. Phillips’ interest in this topic began through his broader enthusiasm for leveraging legal theory to support human rights and wellbeing. In the past, Phillips and Professor Carozza have worked together to compare the activity of various UN Human Rights Commissions and to track unprecedented cases. Through his research with Professor Carozza, Phillips hopes to measure the efficacy of human rights treaties, especially in North and South America.

Phillips has received a number of grants to conduct and present research. Working under the mentorship of Professor Eileen Hunt Botting, Phillips and two peers visited Germany during the Spring of 2018. They mapped the historical, social, and ideological overlap between Goethe’s Faust and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He proceeded to present his working paper at the “Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences” Conference in Rome as well as the ACC Meeting of the Minds in 2019. In the summer of 2018, Phillips traveled to Santiago, Chile to research the human right to health in the context of global administrative law. During this time, he worked under the guidance of Dr. Thana de Campos at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Phillips is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and the Glynn Family Honors Program.

Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Current Research

Research Interests
I am interested broadly in global governance bodies. I am fascinated by international human rights law, especially as it has been applied in the Americas. Specifically, I am interested in the development of more effective accountability mechanisms in the context of global politics.

Current Research
Determinacy of UN Human Rights Committees and other transnational bodies.


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