The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law was founded in 2005 to engage in study, promotion, implementation and constructive critique of rights-based approaches to economic development and social transformation. PHRGE supports cutting edge human rights scholarship and movement-building, with particular focus on economic, social and cultural rights, and works with students to ensure that human rights perspectives will continue to be vital to future generations of scholars and advocates.

PHRGE’s mission is threefold:

(1) To promote human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, within the Northeastern community;
(2) To support cutting edge scholarship on human rights with a particular focus on economic, social, and cultural rights;
(3) To work to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide