Zoltán Búzás, a political scientist, is writing a book about the “evasion” of human rights laws and norms. Búzás argues that evasion—technical compliance with the letter of the law but not its intent—is a critical though often overlooked dimension of the current human rights landscape. States caught between opposing pressures from pro-violation domestic constituencies and pro-compliance international actors find evasion attractive. Evasion allows them to satisfy these domestic constituencies without technically breaking international law and having to pay the resulting costs.
Evasion is particularly likely to occur, Búzás says, when existing law contains loopholes, when states have the means to exploit these loopholes, and when the judicial system favors overly literal or legalistic remedies to rights violations. The book will investigate how evasion has affected several recent cases involving Roma communities in Europe, including the expulsion of Roma immigrants from France, the segregation of Roma children in Czech public schools, and the coerced sterilization of Roma women in Slovakia.
An Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University, Búzás received his doctorate from the Ohio State University.