Human Rights Studies

Department of History | The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


I am a PhD candidate in Human Rights Studies since autumn 2018. I am interested in the intersections between international law, local practices and local conceptions of children's rights in India. My dissertation project is concerned with the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as de facto ‘duty bearers’ of human rights, specifically children’s protection rights in central and northern India. Through an ethnographic study of ChildLine, a 24-hour helpline for children, I explore how children’s rights are affected in practice when significant aspects of child protection are left dependent on local NGOs; how the concepts of child rights and duty bearers are vernacularised throughout a large NGO working at many levels; as well as the notion of 'universal human rights' in a context where the state retreats as the de facto duty bearer.


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Therese Mortensen

Doctoral Student
Human Rights Studies
Department of History

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E-mail therese.mortensenmrs.luse

Room LUX:A230

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

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