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.
- February 2, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis authored a piece on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled, "Will the Flint Water Crisis Light a Fire?"
- January 29, Martha Davis published an article entitled "Bringing It Home: Human Rights Treaties and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the United States," in the magazine, Human Rights, of the American Bar Association.
- January 27, PHRGE's Executive Director, Kevin Murray will testifed on the panel entitled, "Impoverishment, Inequalities and Human Rights" at the Sixth Consultation on the Situation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights hosted by the ESCR Unit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC.
- January 13, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis co-authored a piece on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled, "The State of the Human Rights Union."
- December 16, PHRGE's Senior Fellow, Gillian MacNaughton, and Research Fellow, Mariah McGill, were among the authors of an article published in the journal, Health and Human Rights. The piece explores the impact of the human rights framework used by the Vermont Workers' Center to advocate for changes in that state's health care system.
- December 10-11, At the 6th biannual conference of the US Human Rights Network, in Austin, TX, PHRGE's Executive Director Kevin Murray presented as part of the panel entitled: "H20 Justice: Effective Advocacy for our Right to Water." Murray was joined on the panel by Colin Bailey of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (CA), May Nguyen of Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic, Sandy Nguyen of Coastal Communities Consulting (LA) and Duane Chili Yazzie of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
- December 8, Martha Davis gave a lecture entitled "The Human Right to Water and Sanitation: Malmo's "Sorgenfri" Roma Settlement and Beyond" on December at the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights in Stockholm. Professor Davis is studying the Sorgenfri case and other aspects of the realization of the human right to water in Sweden while on a Fulbright Fellowship to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Lund, Sweden."
- December 4, Assistant Director Jillian Tuck spoke to the psychiatry department at Virginia Commonwealth Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, as part of their Grand Rounds presentation series. She discussed the contours of the current global refugee crisis, the mental health implications for those affected, and ways health professionals can get involved in advocacy work.
- December 1, PHRGE Fellow, Michael Godbe, contributed to a Federal Trade commission complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against Google for Education. The complaint, part of EFF's "Spying on Students" campaign, alleges that Google for Education is collecting and data mining the personal information of schoolchildren, including their Internet searches.