Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis

PHRGE Affiliated Faculty Professor Roger Abrams

PHRGE Affiliated Faculty Professor Brook Baker

PHRGE Affiliated Faculty Professor Richard Daynard

PHRGE Affiliated Faculty Professor Serena Parekh

  • Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Stateless People, Refugee Camps and Moral Obligations.” Forthcoming at Philosophy and Social Criticism October 2013Hannah Arendt and Global Justice.” In Philosophy Compass, Volume 8, Issue 9, September 2013, p. 771-780.
  • Between Community and Humanity: Arendt, Judgment and Responsibility to the Global Poor.” Philosophical Topics, Volume 39, Number 2, Fall 2011, p. 145-163 (published September 2013).
  • Reconciling with Heidegger: Friendship, Disappointment, and Love in the Wake of the Controversy.” Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 39, Issue 9, October/November 2013, p. 881-888
  • "Taking Hold of Life: Liberal Eugenics, Autonomy, and Biopolitics." The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy. Scott Campbell and Paul Bruno, editors. New York: Continuum Press International, 2013, p. 157-168.

PHRGE Affiliated Scholar Visiting Scholar Zarizana Aziz

  • “Culture, Power and Narratives in Domestic Violence” in Maznah Mohamad & Saskia E. Wieringa, eds., Family Ambiguity and Domestic Violence in Asia: Concept, Law and Process (Sussex University Press 2013)
  • “Renewing Faith: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Islam, Identity Culture and Politics, CODESRIA (forthcoming 2013)


  • Professor Martha Davis, Co-Director of PHRGE authored an article, “Occupy Wall Street and International Human Rights,” for the Fordham Urban Law Journal to be published in 2012.
  • Summer 2012: The Northeastern University Law Journal will release a special issue on the 2011 ESCR Institute: Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Advocacy and Mobilization: Towards a Strategic Agenda in the United States. Articles to be included in the special issue are:
  • Risa E. Kaufman: "Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the U.N."
  • Eric S. Tars, Julia Lum, E. Kieran Paul: "The Champagne of Housing Rights: France's Enforceable Right to Housing and Lessons for US Advocates" 
  • Gillian MacNaugton & Mariah McGill: "Economic and Social Rights in the United States: Implementation Without Ratification"
  • Dorothy Q. Thomas: “The 99% Solution: Human Rights and Economic Justice in the United States"
  • J. Peter Sabonis, Monica Iyer, Brittany Scott: “Framing a Right to Housing”
  • Margaret Serrano: “Legal Services Fraud in Immigrant Communities, and the U Visa’s Potential to Help Victimized Communities Help Themselves”
  • Alexandra Bonazoli: “Human Rights Frames in Grassroots Organizations: CADRE and the Effort to Stop School Pushout”
  • June 15th: A downloadable version of Human rights from the grassroots up: Vermont’s campaign for universal health care by Ford Foundation Fellow, Mariah McGill, is now available on the Health and Human Rights website. view here
  • May 15th: PHRGE issued the report on the 2010 ESCR Institute, "Beyond National Security: Immigrant Communities and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights." view here
  • April 10th: Ford Foundation Fellow, Angela Duger, published an article on the Health and Human Rights Blog, "Obesity, NCDs, and the Right to Food." view here
  • March 28th: Professor Martha Davis, Co-Director of PHRGE co-authored a blog post with Risa Kaufman, Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia Law School, titled "A Human-Rights Lens on the Affordable Care Act," for the Huffington Post. view here
  • March 26th: Professor Martha Davis, Co-Director to PHRGE contributed to a blog post for the Guardian, titled "The US Supreme Court Healthcare Hearing: A Panel opinion." view here
  • March 26th: Matthews Distinguished Professor Wendy Parmet contributed to a White Coat Notes post for the Boston Globe on Monday's Supreme Court hearing regarding the Affordable Care Act. view here
  • March 26th: Professor Aziza Ahmed also contributed a post to the Guardian titled "The Unintended Consequences of Nick Kristof's Anti-Sex Crusade." view here
  • February 1st: Gillian MacNaughton and Paul Hunt, “A Human Rights-Based Approach to Social Impact Assessment” in New Directions in Social Impact Assessment: Conceptual and Methodological Advances edited by Frank Vanclay & Ana Maria Esteves, Edward Elgar Publishing (2012) 355-368.
  • February 1st: Ford Foundation Fellow Mariah McGill published "Human Rights from the Grassroots Up: Vermont's Campaign for Universal Health Care" in Health and Human Rights: An International Journal. The article is currently available on line and will be included in the June 2012 issue. view here.




  • In December 2009, PHRGE submitted testimony to the first-ever Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on US compliance with international human rights treaties. PHRGE’s testimony focuses on federalism issues and uses Civil Gideon — and the right to counsel for immigrants in removal proceedings — as an example of where the federal government might provide leadership on international human rights implementation. In making this argument, PHRGE relies on the statement of the CERD Committee on Civil Gideon that came out of theadvocacy of Professor Jim Rowan and students at the 2008 CERD meeting in Geneva.
  • Report of the Workshop on the Justiciability of Socio-Economic Rights, March 2009
  • In 2009, The University of Pennsylvania Press published an abridged version of Professor Martha Davis' Bringing Human Rights Home.
  • Professor Martha Davis files amicus brief arguing international law applies in domestic force feeding case.
  • In January 2009, Professor Martha Davis weighed in on the US human rights agenda in Mandate for Change, a blueprint for the Obama administration.
  • Human Rights and Racial Justice in the U.S. A Study Guide to Accompany the 15th Annual Valerie Gordon Lecture at Northeastern University School of Law, entitled "A Twenty-first Century Global View of Racial Justice," delivered by Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues (mp3 audio file available). The March 3, 2008 lecture examined racial injustice in education, health and civic participation, globally and locally through the lens of international human rights law. With the support of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, PHRGE made the lecture and study guide available to social justice activists throughout Massachusetts to stimulate discussion on ways local communities can advocate for racial equality using international human rights standards.
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and State Law: A Manual for Creative Lawyering published by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative in 2008.
  • Professor Martha Davis is Bringing Human Rights Home (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007) with her new edited, three-volume set chronicling the history of human rights in the United States from the perspective of domestic social justice. With coeditors Cynthia Soohoo and Catherine Albisa, Davis examines the political forces and historic events that resulted in the US’ failure to embrace human rights principles at home while actively (albeit selectively) championing and promoting human rights abroad. It then considers the current explosion of human rights activism around issues within the United States and the way human rights is transforming domestic social justice work. The set also chronicles current domestic human rights work, and covers everything from globalization to terrorism and the erosion of civil rights protections that led to a renewed interest in human rights; human rights versus civil rights strategies; and the different ways human rights can support social activism.
  • On International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2007, PHRGE issued its report, “Access to Civil Justice,” assessing the racially discriminatory impact of the US civil justice system through a human rights lens. The report has been submitted to the United Nations, which will review it in February 2008.
  • Progressive Lawyering, Globalization, and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy (Clare Dalton, Editor 2007) The essays collected offer a multi-disciplinary and multi-generational approach to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization and the spread of neo-liberal market ideology. The volume’s contributing authors represent three generations of progressive thinkers, teachers, policymakers and activists. The contributors search for innovative understandings and blueprints for action. They seek to sharpen analysis of some of the key issues we face as a national and global society, generate fresh debate, and expand the repertoire of strategies available in the fight for human opportunity and well-being.
  • Professor Martha Davis Leads PHRGE Efforts to Establish Civil Gideon in King v. King (2007).
  • “Human rights at home” Op-ed by Professor Martha Davis in The Boston Globe, May 20, 2007
  • Northeastern Law Magazine: “The International Law Issue (Winter 2007)
  • “In the Interests of Justice: Human Rights and the Right to Counsel in Civil Cases” (Dec. 2006): This timely and ground-breaking report reviews the status of the right to civil counsel under international law, focusing specifically on those international treaties and conventions pertinent to the United States. Among other things, the report notes that heightened need for counsel in those instances where fundamental economic, social and cultural rights are at issue. Hard copies of the report are available upon request, for the cost of shipping.
  • “We need a civil 'Gideon'” Op-ed by Professor Martha Davis in The National Law Journal, Aug. 2006
  • Human Rights and the Aftermath of Disaster
  • Realizing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Communities, Courts and the Academy (117 pages). This report summarizes PHRGE's two-day conference in June 2005, including a major symposium, held at Harvard Law School, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the South African Freedom Charter, and a consultation at the School of Law focused on "Realizing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Communities, Courts and the Academy." The Honorable Pius Langa, chief justice of the South African Constitutional Court, delivered remarks as did other members of the judiciary, NGOs and academics.