Oct 23, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    WILF Hall 5th Floor conference room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, New York

Valid ID and RSVP required. RSVP here or email Audrey.Watne@nyu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

At the global level, economic crises, armed conflict, public health emergencies, food insecurity, and climate change have threatened the realization of human rights. Within this constellation of factors, growing inequality in income and wealth around the world has emerged as another area of growing concern. The human rights framework offers partial guidance on the implications of increasingly polarized societies, but gaps remain. Given the sharp rise in inequality in recent decades, it is critical to more fully understand the connections between realization of human rights and inequality – how we think about and measure inequality, the degree to which growing inequality undermines rights, and what the human rights framework says, and does not say, about inequality.

About the speakers

Radhika Balakrishnan is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Shas a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University and was previously a Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Professor Balakrishnan’s work focuses on gender and development, gender and the global economy, human rights and economic and social rights. Her research and advocacy work has sought to change the lens through which macroeconomic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms to assess macroeconomic policy.

James Heintz is  Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  His current work focuses on employment policy; economics and human rights; informal and atypical employment; macroeconomic policies for sub-Saharan Africa; and the links between economic policies and distributive outcomes, including race and gender dimensions.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.
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