Nov 14, 2016
12:45pm - 2:00pm    |    Furman Hall 310, 245 Sullivan St, NYU School of Law

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This event is open to the public.

Light lunch will be served. 

Lawsuits seeking to hold the United Nations liable for the devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti and to compel the International Finance Corporation to redress health problems and lost livelihoods caused by a coal plant it funded in India have faced dismissal on grounds of immunity. The UN’s refusal to acknowledge its legal responsibility for the epidemic and the IFC’s reluctance to own up to its role in social and environmental harms have called into question the justifications for insulating these institutions from judicial process, particularly in absence of adequate, alternative remedies. These cases also have spurred creative thinking about what non-judicial remedies might look like and prompted debates about the role of alternative grievance procedures, such as the accountability mechanism at the IFC, in ensuring effective reparation and prevention of human rights harms. The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice invites you to join a roundtable discussion about the consequences of international organization immunity for access to justice and the right to a remedy.


Philip Alston, NYU School of Law
Marco Simons, EarthRights International 
Beatrice Lindstrom, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Nikki Reisch, NYU School of Law



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