Research on civil resistance

Research on civil resistance

Jacques Sémelin receives the James Lawson Award
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Jacques Sémelin, CNRS Senior Researcher at CERI Sciences Po, was granted one of the 2014 James Lawson Awards for his outstanding contribution to the research on civil resistance.

Jacques Sémelin is one of the four recipients of the award, which honors activists and scholars in the field of nonviolent resistance. He is largely recognized for his seminal publications on the use of civil resistance against dictatorships and the political roots of mass violence and considered the world's foremost scholar on understanding how civilian-based nonviolent action can be used to resist perpetrators of extreme human rights abuse and atrocities.

The James Lawson Awards are named after and presented in person by James Lawson, a leader in US Civil Rights movement who Martin Luther King, Jr. called, "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."

Watch the ceremony live-stream (presentation of Jacques Semelin starts at 52')

June 26th, 2014

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