Anatoly Boyashov - Doctoral Researcher

Anatoly Boyashov

Doctoral project:
Actors in Establishment of Global Human Rights Networks Within International Organisations: Case Study of the United Nations Human Rights Council


since 10/2017 Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
2016 - 2017 M.A. EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium
2014 - 2017 Specialist, Centre for Expertise, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
2013 Research Laboratory in International law, Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of the Russian Federation
2012 - 2014 M.A. Global Sociology, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
2012 Advanced training course, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia
2008 - 2012 B.A. Sociology, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

The UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) is the key institution for human rights promotion in the UN system. Its aim is to promote '...universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms...' [UN GA Res. 60/251, para 2]. To reach its aim the UN HRC: 1) functions as '...a forum... on thematic issues on all human rights...'; 2) closely cooperates with various actors, notably '...with Governments, regional organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society [UN GA Res. 60/251, para 5b, para 5h]. The research question is: how do actors promote human rights at the UN HRC?

The UN HRC is an arena of the highest level of contestation among actors. The core problem is two-fold: 1) divergence among actors in human rights will augment with emergence of multi-polar world system; 2) existing academic literature overlooks systemic measurement of ties among various actors at the UN HRC.

The research hypothesis is that actors within the UN HRC establish thematic networks to promote human rights. The methodological basis of the research is the sociological approach to studies of international organizations and social network theory. Networks are global: they promote their view on the 'world as a whole'. Networks comprise states and organizations of varying socio-legal nature and geographic space. The core of a network is represented by a global group of people interested in particular interpretation of human rights.

The research methods are semi-structured interviewing and social network analysis applied to the UN HRC 'institution-building package', precisely, the Universal Periodic Review, the Regular and Special Sessions, the Special Procedures.

  • Boyashov A. (2018) Prevention of Extremism in Multipolar World and Role of Union State. Social Sciences and National Security, Minsk, Military Academy of the Republic of Belarus, vol. 4, pp. 61-64 (in Russian).
  • Boyashov A. and Kuteynikov A. (2018). Migrant's Rights at a System of the European Convention on Human Rights. European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences, Issue 38, pp. 89-96.
  • Boyashov A. (2017). Human Rights and Standardization of Business. Russian International Affairs Council. Analytical articles. 27 December 2017 (in Russian).
  • Boyashov A. (2017). From High Aspirations to Harsh Reality: EU Human Rights Promotion at the UN Human Rights Council. MGIMO Review of International Affairs, 6(57), pp. 174-195.
  • Boyashov A. and Kuteynikov A. (2017). Dignity Before the European Court of Human Rights. In: Sieh E. and McGregor J., eds., Human Dignity. Establishing Worth and Seeking Solutions, 1st ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 83-101.
  • Boyashov A. (2016). Sociological Analysis of Effectiveness of International Courts and Tribunals. Discourse. 4. Saint Petersburg: ITMO. 57-68 (in Russian).
  • Boyashov A. (2015). Role of Judges of the European Court of Human Rights in Support for Democratic Norms. Aktualnye Problemy Evropy, 3. Moscow: INION. pp. 228-251 (in Russian).
  • Boyashov A. (2014). Judges of the European Court of Human Rights as a Special Socio-professional Group of Global Influence. In: Frenkel D., ed., Private Law, Public Law and Human Rights, 1st ed. Athens: ATINER, pp. 181-196.
  • Boyashov A. and Kuteynikov A. (2014). European Court of Human Rights in Establishment and Reproduction of Global Social Groups. Vestnik SPbGU, 12(3), Saint Petersburg: SPbGU. pp. 145-152 (in Russian).
  • Boyashov A., et al. (2013). Legal and Political Conditions on the Accession of the Russian Federation into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Gosudarstvennyi Audit, Pravo, Ekonomika, 4, Moscow: NII SP. pp. 121-130 (in Russian).


Forthcoming in October and November: RTG-Workshops

Two-day workshops at Bielefeld University on 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles' (01 & 02 Oct.18) and 'Balance and Competition in World Politics' (09 & 10 Nov.18) organized by the RTG members.

Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri

"Attention please & the power of persuasion." A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equality fund.


Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)

Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

RTG newsletter was launched

The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

New doctoral researcher joined the RTG

On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".


A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen

The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.


Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November

We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.


RTG "World Politics" officially launched

Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October

We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October

On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

The RTG is approved

We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.