The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is overseen by faculty co-directors Professors Martha Davis, Lucy Williams and Margaret Woo, and staffed by Executive Director Kevin Murray and Assistant Director Jillian Tuck. Twenty-three additional members of the Northeastern law school faculty are PHRGE affiliated faculty. PHRGE also hosts graduate research fellows and undergraduate student interns.


Kevin MurrayExecutive Director 
Prior to joining PHRGE in 2012, Kevin spent seven years at Kevin Murray Strategic Consulting, where he was Founder and Senior Consultant. He also served for 25 years in leadership positions within a variety of international development and human rights advocacy organizations including Oxfam America, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Relief, Grassroots International and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. He worked as a housing rights activist in Boston with City Life/Vida Urbana for much of the decade of the 1980s, and for six years, lived and worked in Central America, primarily El Salvador. His publications include two books (Inside El Salvador and El Salvador: Peace on Trial) a book-length monograph (Rescuing Reconstruction: The Debate on Postwar Economic Recovery in El Salvador) and dozens of published articles on topics ranging from the right to affordable housing in Boston to U.S. policy and human rights in the Middle East. Since his children entered the Boston Public Schools (BPS), Murray has been active in public education advocacy. He writes a popular blog on public education issues from a parent perspective, and recently published a PHRGE article entitled, At What Cost? The Charter School Model and the Human Right to Education. Murray holds a degree in Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and lives in Roslindale, Mass., with his wife, Ellen Coletti, and their two children.

Jillian Tuck, Assistant Director

Rick Doyon, Manager, Administrative Operations and Personnel
Rick has worked at Northeastern University for 15 years. For the past four years, he has provided superb, dedicated support to a number of tenured, adjunct, and visiting faculty at the School of Law. Rick was a volunteer for the Buddy Program at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for nearly seven years, and he is committed to working for equal rights for the GLBT community.

Post-Grad Fellows

Sonia Haerizadeh, Health and Human Rights Fellow

Sonia is an attorney and consultant focused on reproductive health rights. Sonia received a B.S. in Nutritional Science with minors in Global Health and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University, where researched the intersection of religion and reproductive health in the Middle East. While completing her J.D at Northeastern University School of Law, Sonia was an advocate for survivors of violence in the emergency room at Boston Medical Center, a teaching assistant for the Domestic Violence Institute, and a research assistant for the Due Diligence Project, where she wrote reports on the status of violence against women in Algeria and Tunisia. Sonia has experience working at Oxfam America and the Global Justice Center where she worked on international campaigns related to access to medicines, the Arms Trade Treaty, the right to food, and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Following law school, she completed the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. She currently consults for international organizations including the Lancet and the Global Network of People Living with HIV.

Seda Akay Onur, Health and Human Rights Fellow

Seda is a lawyer and researcher, primarily focused on human rights law. She is conducting research on the potential conflicts between the rights to health and to intellectual property, and exploring the limitations on the right to intellectual property within a human rights framework. Seda has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Law and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She previously interned at the United Nations, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and PHRGE. Prior to coming to the U.S., Seda was a junior lecturer of constitutional law at Istanbul Commerce University Faculty of Law. She authored published articles on human rights law in peer-reviewed journals and made presentations at several academic meetings and conferences. Seda is also a passionate advocate of free and open source software and interested in working on the issues at the intersection of law and technology.

Affiliated Scholars

Zarizana Abdul Aziz , Adjunct Faculty and Due Diligence Project Co-Director
Zarizana is co-director of the Due Diligence Project, a research/advocacy project aimed at studying State obligation to end violence against women, housed at Northeastern University School of Law. Zarizana is a lawyer actively involved in numerous human rights and women’s rights activities. Her primary areas of interest and expertise are in law reform, particularly in relation to gender equality, violence against women, gender and Islam, family laws and adoption of international human rights standards into domestic laws. Zarizana is chair of Women Living Under Muslims Laws (WLUML), an international solidarity network which provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. 

Kyle Courtney, Adjunct Faculty
Kyle K. Courtney is an attorney presently working at Harvard Law School as the Head of External Resource Sharing and Faculty Research. He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: as an Affiliated Scholar for PHRGE at the School of Law, and teaching Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science. For the past five years, Kyle has continued to design and teach seminars in international legal research methods for both PHRGE and the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network. He holds a J.D. with distinction from Suffolk University School of Law, where he was accepted into the school's specialized Intellectual Property program. He earned his MLS from Simmons College in Boston. He is a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly. Kyle's book, International Human Rights: Research and Process, is forthcoming in 2011.

Maria Green, Visiting Scholar
Maria Green works on the intersections between international human rights law and international development policy and practice. Her writing and teaching have focused in particular on the development or interpretation of global standards around access to basic needs (food, water, health, housing education and work) and on the effective use of these standards by human rights and development practitioners. With a background both in NGOs and academia, Maria has consulted on human rights and development or anti-poverty issues for UN agencies including the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, most recently on MDGs planning and the international Right to Development respectively. Green spent the academic year in the 2012-2013 Fulbright Lund Distinguished Chair in International Human Rights, based at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden.  In the Fulbright chair,  Maria continued with her continuing project on human rights and development; connected with new human rights colleagues at the Wallenberg Institute and elsewhere; and taught in the Lund University law school, where among other things she taught a new course on the Right to Development in the Masters’ Program in International Human Rights Law.  In In April Maria delivered the Third Annual Avril MacDonald Lecture, titled “Charting New Paths: International Human Rights Law and International Development," at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Gillian MacNaughton, Senior Fellow

Gillian MacNaughton works on international human rights law with a focus on economic and social rights, particularly the rights to health, education and decent work. She also works on human rights-based policymaking methodology, including indicators, budget analysis and impact assessment. Her current research is on the relationship between social rights and equality rights in the International Bill of Human Rights. Recent articles include “Decent Work for All: A Holistic Human Rights Approach,” 26 American University International Law Review 441 (2011) with Diane F. Frey, and “Healthcare Systems and Equality Rights,” 6 The Equal Rights Review 61 (2011).

Human Rights and the Global Economy eJournal (SSRN) Editors

The International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP)

PHRGE Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Alma Colchado Segovia

Amy C Pimentel

Angela C Bunnell

Carly Erickson

Kassondra L. Dart

Michelle A. Newman

Natalie M. Higgins

Nicole J. McAllister

Sara N. Kominers

Scheagbe M. Grigsby

Seth D. Purcell

Shaneka L Davis

Zara N. Day