In his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair Philip Alston will undertake a human rights fact-finding visit to the United States on December 1-15, 2017. Professor Alston will travel to Washington, D.C., California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico and West Virginia, where he will meet with individuals living in poverty; government officials at the federal, state and local level; civil society organizations working on poverty and human rights; and academic experts.
Watch this video of Professor Alston explaining why examining extreme poverty in the United States is important, and read more here.
Over 50 law professors and scholars signed a letter addressed to Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, requesting extensions of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti and El Salvador.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, together with coalition partners the Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Tax Justice Network, IWRAW-AP, and Professor Kathleen Lahey of Queens University Faculty of Law, hosted a closed briefing on Tax Systems, Tax Abuse, and Women’s Rights in Geneva with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. This briefing comes on the heels of the Paradise Papers leak, the latest in a long line of revelations of abusive tax practices through which wealthy individuals and corporations take advantage of a global network of financial secrecy jurisdictions to deprive states of public tax revenues essential to realizing human rights.
Against the backdrop of the December 2017 visit to the United States by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice has launched a series this fall to explore some of the most salient and distinctive elements of American poverty and their multiple and intersecting impacts on human rights.
Through events ranging from lectures and panel discussions to expert roundtables and consultations held throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, CHRGJ aims to foster dialogue on a broad range of topics and examine whether human rights law, institutions, and discourse can enhance our understanding of poverty in the United States and contribute toward finding solutions. Read more here.
Watch CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair Philip Alston’s keynote address, The Strengths and Weaknesses of External Accountability, delivered at the UN Accountability and International Law Experts Workshop at Seton Hall Law School on October 17, 2017.