The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is at the center of the School of Law’s human rights efforts and works closely with scholars, institutions and advocates nationally and internationally to address issues of human rights and economic development. Reflecting our faculty's interests, PHRGE is particularly engaged with the international movement to promote economic, social and cultural rights.
Dedicated to the Work and Memory of Professor Hope Lewis
- February 2, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray introduced the program’s new visiting scholar with, “Alfred Brownell’s Long Walk to Northeastern.”
- January 26 & 27, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray participated a conference, “The Right to Water,” sponsored by the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- January 26, PHRGE Visiting Scholar Alfred Brownell gave a talk on "Sustainable Oil Palm Cultivation in West Africa”at the Boston headquarters of the sustainable business organization, Ceres.
- January 5, Alfred Brownell, Liberian human rights and environmental lawyer, joined PHRGE as a visiting scholar
- December 16, In Rightscapes, Devan Braun ’18 examines how international arbitration mechanisms can shield corporations from human rights accountability.
- December 14, ESCR-Net, a global network of organizations working to advance economic and social rights, published a report on the 2016 PHRGE Human Rights Institute.
- December 13, PHRGE and Opportunity Agenda jointly released an update of their 2014 report, “Human Rights in State Courts.”
- December 12, The National Human Rights City Network joins PHRGE in releasing a statement of participants in the 11th PHRGE Human Rights Institute.
- December 8, Professor Martha Davis delivered the keynote address of the 2016 PHRGE Institute entitled, “From Global to Local: The Transformative Potential of Human Rights Cities.”
- December 8 & 9, PHRGE hosted over 150 academics, advocates and activists at its 11th annual Human Rights Institute entitled, “Global Justice Goes Local: The Emergence of Human Rights Cities.”
- December 2, PHRGE's executive director, Kevin Murray, places the 2016 PHRGE Human Rights Institute in the context of the current US political transition in his Rightscapes post, “Human Rights Under Trump: Taking on the Challenge."
- December 1, Northeastern University School of Law news announcement highlights 11th PHRGE Institute.
- November 5, Jonathan Kaufman, Executive Director of Advocates for Community Alternatives, publishes “Liberian Human Rights Defenders In Hiding After Government Crackdown.”
- October 27, PHRGE Research Assistant, Mary Slattery, published “Health Care in the United States: A Right for All or None?” on Rightscapes.
- October 4, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis, joined ten international human rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in Lynch vs.Morales-Santana an equal protection challenge to sex-based residency requirements in the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act.”
- October 3, On PHRGE’s Rightscapes blog, third-year student Anel Morales posted, "Lack of access to health care for immigrants in the United States: A human rights violation?," a reflection on the injustice of withholding health care from non-citizens.
- September 27, Professor Martha Davis reflects on the absence of real answers to the human rights questions posed in the first presidential debate.
- September 8 – 11, PHRGE’s Executive Director, Kevin Murray participated in the Global Consultation on Privatization and the Right to Education in Nairobi, Kenya.