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.
- April 19, Kevin Murray spoke at a PHRGE Forum at Northeastern School of Law entitled, “Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Rights and the Violence of Development in Honduras.”
- April 12, PHRGE published “The Human Right to Water: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography,” by PHRGE faculty affiliate, Jootaek Lee and Maraya Best ’18
- April 4, PHRGE’s Executive Director, Kevin Murray and Intern, Aja Watkins, report on a Boston City Council resolution to make public schools in Boston sanctuary schools that decline to cooperate with Federal immigration officials.
- March 29, PHRGE announces the 2017 Valerie Gordon Lecturer, Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy. This year’s lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 5 at 7PM at Matthews Arena and is presented in collaboration with the event sponsor, The Northeastern University Honors Program.
- March 17, Based on her recent co-op experience in Mexico, NUSL student, Caroline Kelley, explores potential threats to immigrant workers accessing employment in the United States via the H-2 Visa programs during a Trump administration.
- March 10, ESCR-Net named PHRGE Visiting Scholar, Alfred Brownell, to the Advisory Group of its System of Solidarity (SOS), the mechanism through which it provides protection to human rights defenders facing persecution for their work on economic, social and cultural rights issues.
- March 9, In, “Parole: The Death of Due Process,” NUSL student, Tara Dunn voices the challenges and rewards of her coop job with District of Columbia, Public Defender Services.
- March 3, In this post to the Health Affairs Blog, faculty affiliate, Aziza Ahmed, captures the connections between seemingly disparate actions by US officials and the loss of reproductive control by women in the US and globally.
- March 1, The Eugene Weekly profiled PHRGE Visiting Scholar, Alfred Brownell, in its cover story, “Under Fire: Environmental Attorneys Face Attack.”
- February 25 - March 5, PHRGE’s Executive Director, Kevin Murray, represented PHRGE on a delegation sponsored by Boston-based, Grassroots International, to take part in a series of events to recognize the one-year anniversary of the murder of environmental activist, Berta Cáceres in Honduras.
- February 24 - March 2, PHRGE Visiting Scholar, Alfred Brownell, was participated in the annual meeting of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) in Eugene, OR.
- February 21 – 24, Accountability Counsel invited PHRGE’s Visiting Scholar, Alfred Brownell, to participate in the 2017 gathering of its International Advocates’ Working Group in San Francisco
- February 15, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director, Professor Lucy Williams gave a keynote address on the constitutionality of human rights and how poverty is antithetical to the ideals of democracy at the University of Southern California’s Social Work School’s All School Day.
- 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