HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Linked to our presentation of Jaribu Hill – USA on January 31, 2006.

Linked to our presentation of Economy and Human Rights – one on January 30, 2006.

Linked also to our presentation of Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights on January 31, 2006.

The Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy was founded in 2005 to provide a forum on the implications of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights and globalization theory and practice.

The program’s activities include:

providing legal and academic resources to practitioners in the US and internationally;

contributing to the theoretical framework of human rights through an approach grounded in practical experience;

educating and training future and existing practitioners on human rights approaches, with an emphasis on ESC rights;

providing students with an integrated experience merging theory and practice;

acting as a catalyst for legal developments and dialogue.

In June 2005, the program cosponsored a two-day symposium, including a major symposium, held at Harvard Law School, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the South African Freedom Charter, and a consultation at the School of Law focused on “Realizing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Communities, Courts and the Academy.” The Honorable Pius Langa, chief justice of the South African Constitutional Court, delivered remarks as did other members of the judiciary, NGOs and academics.

A report summarizing this expert consulation is now available as a downloadable 117 pages PDF document:

Human Rights Education through Action:

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy also provides support for international and human-rights related co-ops. Northeastern students have worked with major human rights NGOs such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Liberty (UK) as well as local NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean, southern Africa, Europe and south Asia. Northeastern law students have worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other immigration and asylum organizations.

Faculty Leaders in Human Rights:

Many Northeastern law school faculty members engage in projects or scholarship on human rights issues. In 2003, Dean Emily A. Spieler convened a Human Rights Interest Group, chaired by Professor Hope Lewis, that meets periodically to discuss current human rights issues and to support the organization of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Other Programm-Items and Resources see here.

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