Who We Are
The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is overseen by four faculty co-directors: Professors Dan Danielsen, Martha Davis, Lucy Williams and Margaret Woo, and an executive director, Kevin Murray. Twenty one additional members of the Northeastern law school faculty are PHRGE affiliated faculty. PHRGE also hosts senior research fellows, Ford Foundation fellows, and student interns. Faculty, fellows, staff and students engage in a wide range of programs, projects and scholarship on human rights issues.
Kevin Murray, Executive Director
Kevin Murray spent the past seven years at Kevin Murray Strategic Consulting, where he was Founder and Senior Consultant. Prior to that, Murray 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. For six of those years (1989-95), he 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. 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.
Mariah McGill, Assistant Director
Mariah McGill is the Assistant Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. She assists with PHRGE's domestically-focused programs. In particular, as Institute Coordinator, she played a key role in organizing the ESCR Institute, Beyond National Security: Immigrant Communities and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which was held on October 14-16, 2010. Mariah is also researching on the Vermont Workers’ Center “Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign,” which resulted in the 2010 legislation recognizing health care as a “public good” in Vermont and in the 2011 passage of legislation creating a framework for universal health care in Vermont. Mariah has authored multiple articles on this topic for a variety of publications including an article for Health and Human Rights: An International Journal entitled “Human Rights from the Grassroots Up: Vermont’s Campaign for Universal Health Care.”
Anthony Phillips, Program Coordinator
Anthony is currently attending Northeastern University, pursuing a degree in history and journalism. Born and raised around Boston, his passion for ESC rights as an activist, academic and aspiring educator has led him to become interested in the scholarship that PHRGE supports and advocates for.
Rick Doyon, Faculty Secretary
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.
Sonia Haerizadeh, Health and Human Rights Fellow
Sonia is an attorney and consultant focused on reproductive health rights. She is currently serving as a post-grad research fellow at PHRGE. 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 country 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.
Duygu Sener,Right to Land and Large-Scale Land Acquisition Fellow
Duygu is a post-grad research fellow at PHRGE. She is currently conducting research on land grabbing. Her research is focused on the role of states within the Inter-American Human Rights System regarding the implementation of the right to free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples. Duygu earned her bachelor's degree in law from Bilkent University in Turkey and practiced law in a small general practice firm for a year. She holds an LL.M. Degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
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)
- American Civil Liberties Union Georgia
- Aspen Institute
- Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
- The Economic and Social Rights Group, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut
- Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
- Human Rights Law Network
- INTERIGHTS, The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights
- International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University
- International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)
- National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Social Rights Advocacy Centre
- Vermont Workers' Center
PHRGE Student Advisory Council (SAC)
Alma Colchado Segovia
Amy C Pimentel
Angela C Bunnell
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