1.13.15  — Northeastern University School of Law will host the sixth annual conference of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) over four days, from February 27 to March 1, 2015.  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. An increasing number of jurisdictions in both the developed and developing worlds have guaranteed social and economic rights in constitutions, treaty commitments, and other legal instruments. iSERP is particularly interested in judicial enforcement of social and economic rights and in how legal processes interact with grassroots activism. The group had its founding conference at NUSL in 2009 and has since met in Bogotá, Colombia; Pretoria, South Africa; London, UK, and Bellagio, Italy.

The 2015 conference will focus on three areas: 

1. Analysis of reports from participants on cutting edge social and economic rights campaigns. Topics will include current efforts to use social and economic rights law to improve sanitation and public health in Brazil; and to achieve basic minimum working conditions for tea-estate workers and to resist forced removals and evictions of poor people in India.

2. A self-criticism of iSERP's recently published essay collection and a discussion of plans for future research and publishing projects.

3. Inital planning for a major conference to be held in Delhi in 2016.

The program will also include a celebration of the publication of Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries, a new book by Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare and Lucy A. Williams. 

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.