Gendering the Right to Social Security in the Era of Crisis Governance: the Need for Transformative Strategies

October 29, 2014, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Furman Hall 332
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY

Please join CHRGJ as we welcome Professor Dianne Otto, Francine V. McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School, and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH). Concerns about women’s ‘security’ are today commonly linked to militaristic agendas, even as their social insecurity worsens. In her forthcoming article, Professor Otto argues that the right to social security is in urgent need of transformation. She suggests two strategies: first to develop a more gender inclusive account of the content of the right to social security which would be more inclusive of both women and men and, second, to urge that priority be given to identifying the ‘minimum core obligation’ of the right. Further, she argues that the redistributive ICESCR obligation, to seek or provide international assistance and cooperation, needs more robust interpretation and promotion.

About our Speaker:

Dianne Otto holds the Francine V. McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School and is Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH). Dianne’s research interests include addressing gender, sexuality and race inequalities in the context of international human rights law, the UN Security Council’s peacekeeping work, the technologies of global ‘crisis governance’ and other threats to economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the transformative potential of people’s tribunals and other NGO initiatives. Her recent publications include Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security (Palgrave 2014, co-edited with Gina Heathcote) and Gender Issues and Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing, vols 1-3, 2013, editor).

Valid ID and RSVP are required for this event. Please RSVP here or email Audrey Watne at watnea@exchange.law.nyu.edu by October 24. Lunch will be served.