In this novel account of global citizenship, Luis Cabrera argues that all individuals have a global duty to contribute directly to human rights protections and to promote rights-enhancing political integration between states. The Practice of Global Citizenship blends careful moral argument with compelling narratives from field research among unauthorized immigrants, activists seeking to protect their rights, and the 'Minuteman' activists striving to keep them out. Immigrant-rights activists, especially those conducting humanitarian patrols for border-crossers stranded in the brutal Arizona desert, are shown as embodying aspects of global citizenship. Unauthorized immigrants themselves are shown to be enacting a form of global 'civil' disobedience, claiming the economic rights central to the emerging global normative charter while challenging the restrictive membership regimes that are the norm in the current global system. Cabrera also examines the European Union, seeing it as a crucial laboratory for studying the challenges inherent in expanding citizen membership.
Luis Cabrera's research explores ways to promote human rights protections through the gradual institutional transformation of the global system. His most recent book, The Practice of Global Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2010), seeks to identify the universal human duties that correspond to individual economic and political rights. His theoretical claims were informed by extensive field work at sites of intense unauthorized immigration in the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe. The book received the 2011 Yale H. Ferguson Prize from the International Studies Association-Northeast.
In his first book, Political Theory of Global Justice (2004; paperback 2006), he argues for democratically accountable political integration above the state, up to some form of fully global government. His current book project, The Possibility of Global Political Community, locates best practices for suprastate democracy through giving fine-grained attention to democracy under conditions of deep diversity in such states as India, and within the European Union.
Since 2007, he has taught international ethics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), where he also serves as an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics. From 2002-07, he taught at Arizona State University.
Before turning to academics full time, he worked as a staff reporter for The Associated Press in Seattle (USA), covering criminal justice issues, politics, the anti-corporate-globalisation movement, the Seattle music scene, and the NBA Seattle SuperSonics.