2013

December 29th, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Professor Martha Davis is interviewed in the Boston Globe regarding abortion clinic buffer zones and free speech.

December 6th, PHRGE's Executive Director, Kevin Murray, presented a workshop entitled, "Charter School Expansion and the Right to Education" at a conference in Atlanta organized by the U.S. Human Rights Network.

December 2, Brook Baker quoted in the article, "Canada must learn from NAFTA legal battles" 

November 7-8,  2013 PHRGE Human Rights Institute: “Human Rights and Violence Against Women: Applying the Due Diligence Framework.”

November 1-2, PHRGE to speak on Millennium Development Goals and Human Trafficking at Millennium Campus Conference to be held at Northeastern!

October 29th, On Fellow Talk: Seth Purcell explains that the Syrian human rights crisis continues, despite the progress on chemical weapons

October 22nd, PHRGE hosted Sudanese hip-hop sensation, Emmanuel Jal, for a conversation on "Hip-Hop and Human Rights" as part of "A Week for Peace with Emmanuel Jal," hosted by Northeastern University's Humanities Center.

October 18th, PHRGE Fellow Kirsten Blume blogs about her experience in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Committee Hearings. Blume is attending the hearings as part of her co-op at NLCHP

October 9th, New NLCHP webinar on human rights advocacy through ICCPR.

September 19th,  PHRGE Post-Grad Fellow, Duygu Sener's, latest post on RIGHTSCAPES, "Prelude to an Extradition?" 

September 9th,  PHRGE 2013 Institute Co-Convenor Margaret Drew of DVI published an editorial entitled, "Victim deserved court's protection" on the implications surrounding the Water's case.

August 18th, New PHRGE Blog, RIGHTSCAPES, features Prof. Martha Davis on the Federal Court decision on the Oklahoma "sharia law" amendment.

July 31st,  PHRGE, in conjunction with the Latin American Law Student Association, and  Northeastern School of Law’s International Law course, will be presenting "Granito: How to Frame a Dictator." A Documentary about the charging of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980's.

July 3,  Martha Davis on Radio Boston: "Abortion Clinics and Buffer Zones"

May 29, PHRGE Fellow Stephanie Gharakhanian was featured in news@Northeastern.  The article profiles her work at ProDESC in Mexico City as a PHRGE fellow.

May 17-19, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated a gathering of drug policy reform activists in Bogotá, Colombia, at the same time the Organization of American States issued a new report on drug policy reform in Latin America. An article about the report is available here.

May 17, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis delivered a talk at Lund University in Sweden on the role of human rights in the United States.

May 17-19, PHRGE Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated a gathering of drug policy reform activists in Bogotá, Colombia at the same time the Organization of American States issued a new report on drug policy reform in Latin America. An article about the report is available here

May 17, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis delivered a talk at Lund University in Sweden on the role of human rights in the United States.

April 22, Panel Discussion: "What Now? School Assignment and Quality in the Boston Public Schools" 
This public event brought together community leaders, a human rights expert and a senior administrator of the  BPS to consider what a human rights perspective brings to the contentious public discussion about school assignment in Boston. 
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March 27,  Philip Alston of New York University School of Law delivered the 2013 Valerie Gordon lecture on "Protecting Social Rights: Is the UN Doing Its Job?"
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March 12,  In collaboration with the Seminar on Human Rights: Race, Gender and Culture, PHRGE sponsored a discussion by Cecilie Counts, Legislative Representative for the AFL-CIO entitled “From Free South Africa to U.S. Workers’ Rights: A Public Interest Lawyer’s Journey.”

March 11,  Kevin Murray moderated a panel discussion “What Can We Do? A Policy and Advocacy Primer for Nonprofits and Organizations,” at a conference for Boston-area foundations and nonprofits sponsored by Northeastern Students4Giving.

March 7,  With sponsorship from the Government of Germany, the Due Diligence Project a PHRGE Affiliated Project, hosted a public panel discussion at the United Nations entitled “Due Diligence from the Ground Up: State Compliance to End Violence against Women in New York City”

February 12, PHRGE’s Executive Director, Kevin Murray, spoke at NUSL’s “Global Law-Palooza,” an event organized by the International Law Society to increase student awareness regarding international and global law resources and opportunities at the Law School.

February 6, PHRGE hosted a stimulating lunch-time seminar on international and human rights legal research, led by Jootaek “Juice” Lee, senior research librarian at NUSL.

February 5, PHRGE co-hosted a reception with the Northeastern University Law Journal to celebrate the release of the Law Journal issue on “Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Mobilization and Advocacy: Towards a Strategic Agenda.”

January 18, PHRGE hosted a viewing followed by a discussion of a live-streamed program organized by the American Bar Association. The program commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainwright Supreme Court decision.

2012

November 14,  PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis gave a presentation to the Newton Human Rights Commission on the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens. The talk focused on how the Boston Principles could promote and expand the work of human rights commissions here in the United States.

October 25, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis served as Co-Chair and PHRGE as a Participating Organization for the 2012 Armenian Heritage Foundation Najarian Lecture on Human Rights. Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian delivered the keynote address on October 25 at Faneuil Hall.

October 18, PHRGE co-sponsored “Walking the Word with Colombia’s Indigenous Peoples,” featuring Ms. Ligna Pulido. Ms. Pulido spoke about indigenous activism in Colombia and illuminated the connections between militarization, international trade, land rights and environmental protection.

September 27, Executive Director Kevin Murray moderated the PHRGE Showcase panel, designed to increase knowledge of human rights in the Law School community and participation in PHRGE program activities.

September 13, PHRGE hosted a lively research session on international and comparative human rights law with Kyle Courtney, Manager, Resource Sharing and Faculty Information Delivery at Harvard Law School and PHRGE Affiliated Scholar.

September 5, PHRGE Fellowship panel, featuring current Fellowship employers and former Program Fellows.

June 18, PHRGE hosted Dr. Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Senior Policy Officer of Operations Policy and Country Services of the World Bank for a lecture on human rights and development.

June 6, PHRGE co-sponsored a web-streamed panel, “UN Guiding Principles for Ethics and Human Rights: What Lawyers Should Know” which explored corporate social responsibility and legal ethics. Moderated by Oxfam America’s Chris Jochnick, the panel featured Sarah Altschuller of Foley Hoag, John Sherman, General Counsel of Shift and Professor Martha Davis, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director.

April 25, Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill hosted the panel “Charter Schools and the Universal Right to Education,” exploring the impact that the charter school movement has had on the universal right to education in the United States. The panel focused on whether charter schools are unfairly excluding students with disabilities and English language learners and the impact of this exclusion on public district school funding. The panel featured Liz Sullivan, Human Right to Education Program Officer at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; Kathleen Boundy of the Center for Law and Education; and Marilyn Segal of Citizens for Public Schools.

April 5, Student researchers presented the results of a research project they had completed for PHRGE and the NUSL Health Law Program, in preparation for the 2012 ESCR Institute on “Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health.”

May 16, Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton presented a lecture “Mainstreaming Human Rights into Impact Assessment” as part of the University of Ottawa’s Videoconference Series on Human Rights Impact Assessment.

March 27, Student researchers presented the work they completed over the past seven months for the Due Diligence Project in a presentation entitled “Ending Worldwide Violence Against Women.”

March 23, In collaboration with the Black Law Students Association, PHRGE hosted the 19th Annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture featuring Terry McGovern, founder of the HIV Law Project in New York City and currently the Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation Human Rights Reducing HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Exclusion Division. Ms. McGovern’s talk was entitled “What are the Human Rights of Women Living with HIV?”

March 13, PHRGE and the NUSL Women’s Law Caucus cosponsored a screening and discussion of “Aku Siapa” (Who Am I?), a documentary on the politics of veiling in Malaysia and Indonesia by Norhayati Kaprawi. Adjunct Professor Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Co-Director of the Due Diligence Project, led a lively discussion following the film.

March 2, PHRGE Fellow Asia Watson ’12, Faculty Co-Director Dan Danielsen, and Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton presented on the panel “Global Law Field Placements: Preparing Lawyers for Modern Practice” at the Externship 6 Conference hosted by NUSL and Harvard Law School.

February 16, PHRGE presented an informal panel on health and human rights “Global Health and Human Rights Research Projects,” featuring panelists Professor Audrey Chapman, Joseph Healey Jr. Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Division of Public Health Law and Bioethics, University of Connecticut; Assistant Professor Lisa Forman, Director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society. Professor Brook Baker of NUSL moderated the panel.

January 27, PHRGE hosted another research session on international and comparative human rights law with Harvard Law Librarian Kyle Courtney. December 1-2, 2011: PHRGE co-sponsored “Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence,” a two-day symposium organized by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. The symposium explored the performative dimensions of justice seeking in the aftermath of violence with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States. Dean Emily Spieler welcomed the audience and four current NUSL students, Jonathan Cohen, Findayawah Gbollie, Yasmeen Peer, and Kate Richardson, participated in panel discussions.

2011

October 20, PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis served as Co-Chair and PHRGE as a Participating Organization for the 2011 Armenian Heritage Foundation Najarian Lecture on Human Rights. Paul Rusesabagina, a Rwandan Humanitarian whose story inspired the Academy Award nominated film “Hotel Rwanda,” delivered the keynote address on October 20 at Faneuil Hall.

October 12,  PHRGE hosted another research session with Harvard Law Librarian “Extraordinaire” Kyle Courtney. Professor Courtney delivered another whirlwind presentation on researching international and comparative human rights law.

September 28, Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton moderated the PHRGE showcase panel, which focused on some of PHRGE’s current research projects, including the international due diligence obligations of government to prevent violence against women (Due Diligence Project); the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP); the Human Rights Law Network in India; the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens; and Framing ESCR for Advocacy and Mobilization.

August 3, PHRGE hosted a lively research session on international and comparative human rights law with Kyle Courtney, Manager, Resource Sharing and Faculty Information Delivery at Harvard Law School Law Library and PHRGE Affiliated Scholar. Professor Courtney shared his extensive knowledge of human rights and international legal research with the Northeastern Community.

June 22, PHRGE hosted the webinar: “An Introduction to the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens” moderated by Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill and featuring Professors Hope Lewis and Rachel Rosenbloom.

June 21, Clearinghouse Review hosted an online panel discussion “Claiming Our Rights as Human Rights Lawyers: How a Human Rights Framework Can Advance Our Advocacy” moderated by Professor Martha Davis and featuring Chandra Batnagar Senior Staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Project; Monique Harden, Co-Director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans; Cheryl Hystad, Director of Advocacy, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau; and Sarah Paoletti, Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. The panel explored using a human rights framework to support advocacy work on behalf of low-income clients.

April 28, The panel discussion “Violence Against Women: Conversations with Global Experts” followed a two-day expert meeting of the Due Diligence Project held at Northeastern University School of Law. The panel featured Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and other experts.

April 1,  “Human Rights and the Rule of Law Panel Discussion.” This event explored how the rule of law impacts human rights around the world. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society and Human Rights Caucus.

In March 2011, PHRGE coordinated and sponsored a number of events at the School of Law as part of the third annual Northeastern University Human Rights Week. The theme this year was Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals, which tied in well with PHRGE’s mission to promote and implement economic, social and cultural rights in the United States and around the world.

  • March 31, “Due Diligence on State Responsibility in Relation to Violence Against Women: Standards, Indicators and Good Practices.” Student Researchers, presented the work they completed for the Due Diligence Project.
  • March 31, “Incentives and Measures for Gender Equity in Employment: Legal and Social Obligations for the Implementation of Gender Policies and Practices in the Workplace.” Student Researchers, presented the project they had completed for the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
  • March 31, “Constricting Human Rights in the United States: An Analysis of Oklahoma’s Anti-International Law Initiatives.” PHRGE Co- Director Martha Davis discussed the impact of anti-international law initiatives at the state level in the United States. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Human Rights Caucus and the American Constitution Society.
  • March 30,  “Research Session on International Human Rights Law.” Harvard Law Librarian Kyle Courtney delivered another whirlwind presentation on researching international and comparative human rights law. Sponsored by PHRGE.
  • March 29,  “Impunity or Justice: Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Kenya.” This event featured a documentary film and discussion about the continuing problem of impunity for rape and sexual violence in Kenya. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society and the Human Rights Caucus.
  • March 28, “Realizing the Right to Education at Home and Abroad.” This panel discussion explored how school discipline, school financing inequities and other issues contribute to school exclusion and how to use human rights principles to address these problems. Panelists included: Molly A. Hunter, Education Law Center; Marlies Spanjaard, Coordinator of the EdLaw Project; Daniel Squires, Matrix Barristers, United Kingdom; and Liz Sullivan, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Co-sponsored by PHRGE, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Caucus.
  • March 23, Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal delivered the 2011 Valerie Gordon Lecture “Legalizing Social Rights: Experience from the Global South.” Professor Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development, is the Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

January 5, Presentation on Researching International and Comparative Human Rights Law. PHRGE hosted a research session with Professor Kyle Courtney, law librarian at Harvard Law School and adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law. The session provided an opportunity for Professor Courtney to share his extensive knowledge of human rights and international legal research with the Northeastern Community.

2010

December 10, 2010: In celebration of International Human Rights Day, PHRGE sponsored three events.

  • At a breakfast buffet, PHRGE hosted the Launch of the Draft Boston Principles on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The panel featured NUSL Professors Hope Lewis, Rachel Rosenbloom, Brook Baker and Boston College Professor Daniel Kanstroom, who launched the Draft Principles opening the period for comment by civil society, human rights commissions, ombudsmen and others.
  • At a luncheon, we held the PHRGE Showcase Panel moderated by Executive Director Gillian MacNaughton and featuring presentations about five PHRGE projects by panelists Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, Research Associate Deena Sharuk, Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill, PHRGE Fellow Jennifer Harrold, and the Due Diligence Project Co-Coordinator Janine Moussa.
  • At teatime, PHRGE held a reception to welcome the new PHRGE affiliated faculty.

December 1, The World AIDS Day event “Universal Access and Human Rights: Panel on Global HIV/AIDS Policy and Practice” featured panelists Brook Baker, Aziza Ahmed, Meredith Harris and Richard Wamal and was co-sponsored by NUSL, the Department of African American Studies, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the Black Law Student Association, the Latin American Student Association, the National Lawyers Guild NUSL Chapter, the NU Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Straight Alliance, the Queer Caucus, Law Students for Reproductive Rights and the Swahili Club.

September 23, PHRGE Co-sponsored the K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, M.D. Inaugural Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall with Keynote Speaker Kerry Kennedy, author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing Our World.

June 29, “Coming Home: The Dry Storm.” PHRGE hosted the New England Premiere of this award winning documentary on the post-Hurricane Katrina demolition of public housing in New Orleans followed by a discussion with Professor Hope Lewis and the Executive Producer of the film, Ms. Catherine Albisa.