The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy hosts a yearlong program of speakers and events each year at the law school. These events range from panel presentations, to a large two-day institute on ESC rights, to intimate discussions on human rights issues with leaders in the field. The events are open to law students, faculty, and frequently to the larger Northeastern University community and the general public. To hear about upcoming events, subscribe to the PHRGE email list. 

Upcoming Events

June 19, 2019
A Celebration of Professor Alfred Brownell's Goldman Prize
In April, Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his extraordinary work protecting land rights. Join us on Wednesday, June 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate Alfred's award. 

Recent Events

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM 
Resilience, Resistance and the Law: Innovative Strategies for Stopping Discriminatory Land Grabs

Join the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Black Law Students Association for the 25th Annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture.

Alfred Brownell, Associate Research Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law; Beau Biden Inaugural Chair, Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)

Alfred Brownell, a leading defender of environmental rights, was awarded the IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair in 2018. Brownell has campaigned ferociously for the recognition of the land rights of communities in West Africa, while litigating international complaints against transnational corporations on behalf of communities. He established a network of civil society organizations across West Africa and has won millions in reparations and compensation. Forced to flee his native Liberia because of his work protecting communities and the last remaining portion of a vast tropical forest in West and North Africa, Brownell is researching the co-creation and co-design of a Global Land Tenure Security Index, a land tenure data tool that will measure and rank how governments protect the land rights of their citizens. At Northeastern, Brownell teaches a course on Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience, and is on the steering committees of several international organizations.

Monday, April 8, 2019 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Guilty But Not Responsible? The UN, Haiti and Cholera

Join the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) for an eminent panel on the UN's response to the cholera epedemic in Haiti from political, cultural, medical and legal perspectives. 

March 21, 2019
Film Screening: Central Airport THF
NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) and its Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration hosted the New England Premier of Central Airport THF, a feature documentary that portrays the everyday life of refugees in the hangars of the no longer in use Berlin airport Tempelhof. This screening was a satellite event of the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival, which is run by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018
PHRGE Forum: Challenges of Human Rights and Law in Sudan
Abdelrahman Al Gasim in conversation with Eric Reeves 

Al GasimAbdelrahman Al Gasim, a Sudanese lawyer who just received the 2018 ABA International Human Rights Award for his courageous and effective work, will discuss his strategies for increasing access to justice for victims of human rights violations in Sudan. Eric Reeves is a renowned expert on human rights in Sudan and a senior fellow at Harvard's François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights. 

Past Forums

  • October 25, 2017: "Impunity and Human Rights in the Time of Trump: Caso El Mozote," featuring David Morales, lawyer in the El Mozote case. Co-sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild and the Human Rights Caucus. 
  • September 7, 2017: "From Law School to Human Rights Leadership: A Personal Account," featuring Guest Speaker: Jillian Tuck ’12, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, Fortifying Rights. While at NUSL, Jillian Tuck ’12 focused on human rights and immigration courses and was a PHRGE fellow.  She described her path from law student to the leadership of Fortifying Rights, an important human rights organization in Southeast Asia.
  • March 10, 2017: "A Decade of Human Rights and Environmental Laywering in West Africa," featuring Alfred Brownell, Campaigner, Green Advocates Liberia and Visiting Scholar, Northeastern Universtiy School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Kemet Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, NUSL's LLM Program and Human Rights Caucus.
  • November 3, 2016: "Human Rights for the Barrios of Quito, Ecuador," featuring José Luis Echeverría of Movemiento Mi Cometa. Co-sponsored by:Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Northeastern's Latino/a Student Center and NUSL's Human Rights Caucus and Latin American Law Students Association.
  • April 7, 2016: "The Human Rights of Migrants: A Central American Perspective," featuring Mirna Perla Jiménez, Judge, Professor of Law, and Justice of the Supreme Court of El Salvador. Co-sponsored by Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. (CISPES)
  • April 11, 2016: "Ones Left Behind: The Impact of Migration on Communities in Rural Guatemala," featuring Luisa Hernandez Simaj and Jose Daniel Chich from the Human Rights and Migration Project in Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala. Co-sponsored by Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
  • March 2016: "Working in Fear: Sexual Violence Against Women Farmworkers in the United States," featuring Sarah Kominers, PHRGE Program Associate and former fellow at Oxfam America. While sexual violence in the workplace has been studied extensively, relatively little of that literature addresses the problem as it affects women farmworkers in the United States. Sarah explored the characteristics of sexual violence in the farms and fields, as well as the unique challenges faced by those who see to eradicate it.  Co-sponsored by Northeastern University's Domestic Violence Institute.
  • July 2015: Senior Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights, Sucharita Varanasi, discussed efforts to forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal and law enforcement sectors to support accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa, and about the development of mobile application technology to document human rights abuses in low-resourced settings.
  • March 2015: Assistant Director of PHRGE Jillian Tuck spoke about the rapid expansion of immigration detention for children and families on the US/Mexico border.
  • October 2014: Purvi Patel of La Isla Foundation spoke about her work to uncover the cause of chronic kidney disease among Central American sugar workers.