News and Events
March 28, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis authored a post on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled "US Mayors Join Others Worldwide in Promoting Inclusive Growth."
March 24 – 27, PHRGE Faculty Co-Directors, Lucy Williams and Margaret Woo, Executive Director, Kevin Murray and Faculty Affiliates, Aziza Ahmed and Karl Klare will present at the conference, "Social and Economic Rights Litigation: The Next Generation," to be held at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, India.
March 23, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis authored a post on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled, “At the UN: A Week for Women.”
March 21, PHRGE Co-Director, Martha Davis spoke at theInternational Human Rights Law and the City workshop at the University of Genoa.
March 19, PHRGE's Executive Director, Kevin Murray, spoke on education rights at the Annual Issues Conference of Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts.
March 8, PHRGE Co-Director Brook Baker's articled entitled"Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere" details how the recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) would negatively impact access to affordable medicines in the United States and elsewhere.
March 3, Jootaek “Juice” Lee, a PHRGE faculty affiliate, has contributed to a new comprehensive and unique research guide to Mexican law.
February 11, PHRGE Fellow, George Amos, authored a piece on the RIGHTSCAPES blog entitled, “My Voice and Human Rights Advocacy” about his experience working for the Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development in Nigeria.
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 ofCoastal 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 aFederal 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.
- November 18, PHRGE partnered with Paris-based organization Global Potential to present: "Youth Voices: Perspectives on Climate Change", a town-hall style discussion focused on helping to form a climate agenda for the next generation.
- November 17, Faculty Co-Director, Martha Davis published a timely article on the Human Rights at Home blog entitled, "The Human Cost of the Refugee Backlash.
- November 16, The website OpenDemocracy has sponsored an online debate on the challenges of evaluating human rights work. Executive Director, Kevin Murray contributed to the discussion with a post entitled, "The Evaluation Menu: More than just Technical Choices."
- November 5-6, Each year, PHRGE hosts an annual human rights institute on a cutting edge economic, social and cultural rights issue.This year, PHRGE’s Institute convened scholars and advocates to explore how a human rights framework can be applied to water rights advocacy and implementation, with specific attention to accessibility, affordability and quality. The keynote speech was delivered by Patricia Jones, Senior Program Leader on the Human Right to Water at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).
- November 2, PHRGE's Kevin Murray and Aja Watkins have published a post on the human rights impact of nontraditional private education on the Right to Education Project blog.
- October 29, PHRGE Assistant Director Jillian Tuck presented a skill-building workshop at the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Participants in the workshop developed a greater understanding of the legal framework for seeking asylum in the U.S., and learned how to effectively collaborate with attorneys representing immigrant children by writing medical-legal affidavits and testifying in immigration court.
- October 26, In collaboration with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), PHRGE presented "Tahoe on Trial: Guatemalan Communities Defend Land and Life" which featured a talk from Mr. Llan Carlos Davila from the Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA). Llan Carlos spoke about CODIDENA’s efforts to halt the development and expansion of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala through popular education, grassroots base-building and the organizing of six municipal referenda during which more than 50,0000 have voted against mining in their territories.
- October 20, Deborah Popowski, Lecturer on Law and Clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School, presented a faculty colloquium on a theme she is currently exploring: "Torture and the Legal Academy". The coloquium offered faculty and PHRGE fellows a chance to contribute Deborah's research on the controversial issue of the legitimization of torture by the legal academy.
- September 30, PHRGE Affiliated Faculty member and Internaional Legal Librarian Jootaek "Juice" Lee presented an "International Legal Research Seminar" to teach the basics of international human rights legal research.
- September 28, PHRGE partnered with Northeastern's Social Justice Resource Center to offer a "Know Your Rights - Stop and Search" training as part of Northeasten's annual "Social Justice Week". The training focused on educating students on their rights when confronted by a member of law enforcement.
- July 22, Sucharita Varanasi, the MediCapt Project Manager and Senior Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights presented a forum entitled "Creating Human Rights Technology: Documentation of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo". She hosted a talk on the program's efforts to develop mobile application technology to document human rights abuses in low-resourced settings.
- August 20, PHRGE's Karl Klare delivered the prestigious Stellenbosch Lecture at South Africa's Stellenbosch University: "Self-Realization, Human Rights and Separation of Powers: A Democracy-Seeking Approach".
- 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. See the article here: http://www.hhrjournal.org/2015/06/04/evolving-human-rights-and-the-science-of-antiretroviral-medicine/
- 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) gathered ESC rights experts from around the world at a conference at NUSL. See full conference program here.
- PHRGE-affiliated faculty member, Brook Baker, looked 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"
- In 2015, PHRGE Senior Fellow Gillian MacNaughton embarked on a project sponsored by the World Health Organization to examine the role that human rights discourse and analysis played in Vermont’s efforts to enact a universal, publicly funded health care system. The research team also included, among others, PHRGE Research Fellow Mariah McGill ’09. A draft report was submitted to the WHO in April, 2015.
- April 22, 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)
- February 27 - March 1, Northeastern University School of Law will host the 6th annual conference of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) over four days. iSERP is a global network of lawyers, judges, human rights advocates and legal academics who critically examine the effectiveness of social and economic rights in bringing about real change in people’s lives. (read more)
- February 2nd, Barbara R. Arnwine, President and Executive Director, National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) delivered a community lecture entitled "In Pursuit of Systemic Change: Combatting Racial Injustice in Policing and Voting!" (view photos)