Jun 23 - 24, 2016
10:00am - 5:30pm    |    Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires


June 2324, 2016

Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires
Figueroa Alcorta 2263 (corner of Pueyrredón), Salón Rojo
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organized and sponsored by NYU School of Law and Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

10:00-10:30 Opening

10:30-12:00  PANEL 1: Measurement & Indicators


1. Concerns around progress indicators as a measurement tool for rights.

2. Relevance, risks, possibilities, and limits of indicators as a tool for enforceability of ESCR.

3. Links between indicators and justiciability of ESCR.

4. Regional scenario: the role of the San Salvador Protocol Working Group, and the follow-up mechanisms of the Belém do Pará Convention. Indicators in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


  • Laura Pautassi, CONICET – UBA
  • Victor Abramovich, UBA – UNLa
  • Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU Law
  • Natalia Gherardi, Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género – ELA

12:30-14:30  Lunch


14:45-16:45  PANEL 2: SDGs and Human Rights


1. What human rights lessons can we draw from the MDGs experience?

2. What possibilities do they provide for advancing the agenda of objectives linked to structural inequality (ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, sexual division of labor) and reduction of poverty?

3. What new consensus may they promote in the area of ESCR?


  • Alicia Yamin, Georgetown University School of Law
  • Paulo Abrão, Instituto de Políticas Públicas en Derechos Humanos Mercosur – IPPDH
  • María Nieves Rico, División Asuntos de Género – CEPAL
  • Mariela Belski, Amnesty International Argentina

16:45-17:30  Break


17: 30-19:00 Book Presentation El bienestar en brechas. Las políticas sociales en la Argentina de la posconvertibilidad. By Laura Pautassi and Gustavo Gamallo (Directors) (Room: Sala Vélez Sarsfield)


  • Alicia Yamin, Georgetown University School of Law
  • Marcelo Alegre, UBA – NYU Law in Buenos Aires
  • María Nieves Rico, División Asuntos de Género – CEPAL

Friday, June 24, 2016

10:30-12:30  PANEL 3: Public Finance and ESCR 


1. What type of institutional arrangements may contribute to having a tax/expenditure regime respectful of HR?

2. Challenges around the judicial intervention devoted to control tax/expenditure policies which are not respectful of HR. (May the judiciary intervene when tax/expenditure policies are not respectful of HR?; what type of intervention is justified?; what type of remedies may be allowed?)

3. What pressing extraterritorial/international tax issues need attention from the human rights world? (tax avoidance via transfer pricing etc., financial secrecy)


  • Nikki Reisch, NYU Law
  • Martín Sigal, UBA
  • Sergio Chaparro Hernández, Dejusticia
  • Dalile Antúnez, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia – ACIJ

12:30-14:30  Lunch

14:45-16:45  PANEL 4: Teaching Skills for ESCR Advocacy 


1. Relevance and challenges of teaching skills to future HR lawyers.

2. Methods, materials, and results.


Download here the Buenos Aires Conference Program


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