December 8 & 9, 2016
Northeastern University School of Law

On December 8-9, 2016, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) hosted its 11th annual Human Rights Institute at Northeastern University School of Law. The 2016 institute convened scholars and advocates to explore the human rights cities movement, a movement that is linking human rights to urban social justice organizing in the service of local human rights implementation.

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2016 Institute Links

>> Download the Flyer
>> Program
>> Institute Blog
>> Institute Concept Note
>> Institute Keynote (Full Text)
>> News Announcement
>> Recommended Resources
>> Speaker Bios
>> Travel Info
>> Post-Institute Statement
>> Photo Gallery
>> Summary of Institute Proceedings

2016 Conference Schedule

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12:30 PM


1:00 PM

Kevin Murray, Executive Director, PHRGE

1:15 PM

Panel I
Why Human Rights Cities? A Strategy for Urban Justice

Rachel Rosenbloom, Northeastern University School of Law
Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of Sociology
Joanne Kamuf Ward, Columbia University Law School, Human Rights Institute
Shelley White, Simmons College, Public Health Program
Stan Willis, National Congress of Black Lawyers

Cynthia Soohoo, City University School of Law

2:45 PM

Coffee Beak

3:00 PM

Panel II
Making it Happen: Local Human Rights in US

Suren Moodliar and Dorotea Manuela, The Color of Water, Boston, MA
Kenneth Neubeck, Eugene, OR Human Rights City Project
Michael Santos and Mai Abdul Rahman, Washington, DC, Human Rights City Project

Rebecca Landy, US Human Rights Network

4:30 PM

Book Celebration
Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities

5:30 PM

Keynote Address 
From Global to Local: The Transformative Potential of Human Rights Cities

Martha Davis, Northeastern University School of Law

Friday, December 9, 2016

8:30 AM

Registration and breakfast

9:00 AM 

Goals for the day

9:30 AM

Workingshop Plenary 

Shulamith Koenig, People's Movement for Human Rights Learning

10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM

Working Group Session #1

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Working Group Session #2

2:30 PM

Networking Break 

2:45 PM


4:00 PM

Close and Evaluations