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Lecture: Advocacy “State-NGO Relations in an Authoritarian Context: The Case of Azerbaijan”

Rebecca Vincent is an American-British human rights activist currently based in London. She is Advocacy Director of the Baku-based Human Rights Club. She started her career as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department, where she was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Baku and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. After leaving the State Department, she worked for the Europe Program of ARTICLE 19, a London-based freedom of expression organization, before leaving to work directly with local rights groups in Baku.

Ms. Vincent holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London, and a BA in Political Science from the University of North Texas. Her academic interests include the influence of human rights discourse in decision-making processes at international organizations, the legalization of human rights, and accountability of non-state actors for human rights violations. Ms. Vincent writes regularly on human rights issues in Azerbaijan for outlets including Al Jazeera English, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service, and the London-based think tank The Foreign Policy Centre, where she is a Research Associate. For additional information, please contact Geysar Gurbanov at

Sponsors: the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.
Mon Nov 4, 2013 2:30pm – 3:45pm GMT (no daylight saving)
Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC- Chapel Hill (map)