November 9 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Melissa Hooper, "“Lessons from Poland’s Attacks on Independent Institutions: Civil Society, the Media, and the Judiciary”

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:10PM - 1:30PM
  • Room 129
  • Open To The Public
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Melissa Hooper is a lawyer, a rule of law expert, and the Director of Human Rights and Civil Society programs at Human Rights First.

Ms. Hooper’s research focuses on Russia’s foreign policy strategies of spreading Russian influence and undermining democratic institutions, and the intersection of these strategies with autocratic or anti-democratic trends in neighboring countries, most recently in Eastern Europe. She has recently investigated Russia’s use of non-governmental organizations, such as foundations and think tanks, to spread anti-democratic ideas and disinformation in Europe, including around the German elections; explored the link between Russian disinformation and hate speech targeting minority communities such as refugees in the EU; and analyzed the proliferation of “Russian-style” laws and policies targeting independent institutions such as civil society, media, and the judiciary – most recently in Poland.

Ms. Hooper is the author of Poland’s New Front: A Government’s War Against Civil Society (Aug 2017 report), The non-governmental sector: pro-Russia tools masquerading as independent voices (Foreign Policy Centre; Apr 2017), an Issue Brief called Russian Influence in Europe: Six Ways (Other Than Hacking) Russia is Exploiting Divisions and the Rise of Xenophobia in Europe (Jan 2017), and Russia’s Bad Example, a description of Russian-style anti-free expression and anti-foreign funding laws affecting civil society (2016). She has undertaken extensive research and work experience in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights

Contact Information

Barbara Mianzo