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.

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The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy announces its 10th Annual PHRGE Human Rights Institute:

“Tapping into the Right to Water: Accessibility, Affordability and Quality”

November 5th and 6th, 2015

Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA

Bringing together advocates, activists and academics to discuss cutting edge economic and social issues.

For more information, please contact Jillian Tuck:

Recent Highlights

  • Professor Wendy Parmet co-authored a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled Shifting Vaccination Politics – The End of Personal-Belief Exemptions in California. The article highlights recent willingness of some states to reduce situations of parents legitimately refusing to vaccinate their children and yet still send them to schools or day care centers.
  • Professor Brook Baker answers the U.S. Trade Rep's Top Ten criticisms of India's anti-monopoly pharmaceutical policy.
  • Professor Brook Baker recently co-authored a new analysis appearing in the Health & Human Rights Journal detailing new medical evidence clarifying that access to antiretrovirals early in the course of HIV improves the health of people living with HIV and enables them to prevent HIV transmission. The analysis finds that international human rights and many domestic legal standards require access to early ART for all as part of the communal human right to health, and calls for a rapid reassessment to bring current policies into compliance with core human rights standards. See the article here:
  • On April 29th, PHRGE hosted a community dialogue entitled “Does the Massachusetts Cap on Charter School Growth Violate Students’ Civil Rights?” Speakers included: Matt Cregor of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Senator Pat Jehlen, education law expert Professor Mary O’Connell, and Odette Williamson, a parent with children in both district and charter schools.
  • PHRGE Fellow Sara N. Kominers recently published a report on sexual violence perpetrated again women farmworkers. The report, which is the culmination of Kominers fellowship with Oxfam America, provides a comprehensive review of existing documentation of women farmworkers who harvest and pack agricultural goods, the factors in agriculture that heighten their risk and the challenges of finding effective solutions. >>View the report here
  • International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) gather ESC rights experts from around the world at a conference at NUSL. See full conference program here.
  • PHRGE-affiliated faculty member, Brook Baker, looks at the case of Hepatitus C drugs to understand the connection between the pricing policies of Gilead Sciences and the company's efforts to control tightly the distribution of its new Hep-C treatment.
  • Professor Aziza Ahmed on "VAWA @ 20: HIV, Violence Against Women and Criminal Law Interventions"