ESRG Calendar Archive

Thursday, January 28 @ 4 p.m. (Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium)
Prof. David Grusky (Stanford University Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality)
“A Blueprint for Ending Poverty…. Permanently”
** Public reception to followGrusky will be visiting UConn as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for several days and we encourage all ESRG members to join us and the broader UConn community in attending this public lecture. Grusky is coeditor of Pathways Magazine and of Stanford’s Studies in Social Inequality Book Series. He is a fellow of the AAAS, recipient of the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship (American Sociological Association), founder of the Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality, and a former Presidential Young Investigator. His research takes on such questions as whether and why gender, racial, and class-based inequalities are growing stronger and how such differences are best measured. His recent books include Social Stratification, Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader, and The Inequality Puzzle.

Thursday, February 4 @ 12:30-2 p.m. (Dodd Center, Room 162)
Ute Reisinger (Fulbright Scholar, Austria; Candidate for MA in International Affairs, UConn)
“Extra-Territorial Obligations” (ETOs) for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights: An update on the international forum and state of debate”

Prior to her time here at UConn as a Fulbright Scholar, Ute Reisinger was active in the formation of the ETO Consortium, which is based on Austria (circa 2010). Our ESRG Affiliate Mark Gibney was also active in its founding, and ESRG is a member of the consortium (see: Ute will provide a brief overview of the founding of the consortium as well as update on its current activities.
** Coffee and tea provided

Monday, March 7 @ 2:30 (Dodd Center, Room 162)
Prof. Patrick Heidkamp (Southern Connecticut State University; ESRG Affiliate)
“Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment in the United States: A Spatial Perspective”
This paper aims to contribute a spatially sensitive perspective to a growing interdisciplinary body of work on the quantification of human rights. In this body of work, it is argued, that quantifiable measures are needed in order to better monitor state efforts to fulfill their human rights obligations and develop adequate public policy instruments. While this paper reaffirms this need, it also asserts that it is important to consider the importance of a spatial perspective. While much effort has been expended to identify measurable variables and to develop relevant indices, the spatial implications surrounding certain variables have not been taken into consideration. This paper uses the example of Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment in the United States as the basis for a discussion of the importance of issues related to spatial data aggregation and the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP).
** Coffee and tea provided

Friday/Saturday, April 8-9 ESRG Workshop
Friday, April 8 @ 4 p.m. (Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium)
2016 Annual Economic and Social Rights Lecture Keynote Professor James Anaya

Friday, April 8th, 2016 4:00 p.m. Konover Auditorium Thomas J. Dodd Center, Storrs Campus

S. JAMES ANAYA is Regents Professor and the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (USA), where he teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Professor Anaya is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (BA, 1980) and Harvard Law School (JD, 1983). Among his numerous publications are his acclaimed book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996, 2d. ed. 2004) and his widely-used co-authored textbook, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Practice (Aspen, 6th ed. 2011) (with Hurst Hannum and Dinah Shelton). Professor Anaya served as the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from 2008 to 2014. In that capacity, he examined and reported on conditions of indigenous peoples worldwide and responded to allegations of human rights violations against them, including through country visits and direct contacts with governments. For his work in that capacity, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to his academic work, Professor Anaya has litigated major indigenous rights and human rights cases in domestic and international tribunals, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Among his noteworthy activities, he participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Office of Global Affairs, the UConn Honors Program, and the Native American Cultural Program.

Thursday, 9/24/15 (4 p.m. – Dodd Center Konover Auditorium)
“Institutional Investment for Human Rights Impact”– Keynote address for “The University as Corporate Citizen: How to Promote Human Rights and Sustainability in Collegiate Licensing, Procurement, and Investment” Conference.Conference co-sponsored by the President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility; The Thomas J. Dodd Center; the Human Rights Institute Economic & Social Rights Program/ESRGJoin us for a one-day forum (9:30-5:30, keynote 4 p.m.) of experts, professionals, students, and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for colleges and universities to responsibly manage the human rights and environmental impacts of their business operations. Institutions of higher education have long maintained a core commitment to public service in their research, teaching, and engagement missions. More recently, attention has been devoted to ensuring business operations also align with those commitments and yield positive social and environmental impacts through their licensing, procurement, and investment relationships. This forum is designed to help schools meet that challenge by sharing resources, identifying best practices, and recognizing obstacles to effective results. Advanced registration requested at:, 9/28/15 (2-4 p.m. – Dodd Center Room 162)
Mr. Rajyabardhan Sharma (former Indian Police Service)
“Policy Reforms and Challenges Related to Human Trafficking in Bihar: Role of Police”
(Coffee and tea provided).

Co-sponsored by India Studies; Human Rights Institute Economic & Social Rights Program/ESRG; Unfree Labor in the Americas Study Group

ABSTRACT: this talk will focus on Sharma’s role as the Additional Director General of Police (Crime Investigation Dept.) in Bihar, India, where he was responsible and led new policy initiatives in the area of human trafficking and child labor. The initiatives hinged on understanding the challenges that the police force face in tackling these issues and involved sensitization of police, cash rewards and collaboration with NGOs. In particular, Sharma’s experiences as the ADG will highlight the story and perspective of the police force – their challenges, trials and tribulations.

Friday, 10/23/15 (4 p.m. Dodd Center Room 162)
David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Keynote for a Conference on “Human Rights and New Technologies Conference”
(Reception to follow).

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the University of Connecticut Law School

Join us for a one-day conference (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., keynote 4 p.m.). New technological innovations have significant consequences for human rights, both in terms of the opportunities they offer for the fulfillment of rights and the harms they can cause. Yet new technologies are not simply providing new opportunities and risks for human rights. In some areas, they are affirmatively changing what we mean by human rights. Rights to privacy, to family, to information, to work—to name just a few—are being transformed by new innovations. Moreover, as more and more of the work of the state is shifted to an online context, new technologies are directly mediating the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights. Human rights law, practice and scholarship are not keeping up with the pace of these changes. This workshop responds to this gap by bringing together scholars working on issues of human rights and technology with the aim of framing the debate in this new field and setting a scholarly agenda for future work. Space for the workshop is limited, so please contact Molly Land ( to inquire about attending that portion of the event.

Wednesday, 11/18/15 (12:30-2 p.m. Location TBA)
Discussion led by Susan Randolph of her new book (co-authored with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer) Fulfilling Economic & Social Rights (Oxford Univesity Press 2015)
Coffee and tea provided.

Highlights include:
• Introduces a new evidence based measure and data set of state performance in fulfilling social and economic rights, rigorously grounded in international human rights norms.
• Provides a new vantage point from which to judge the progress of countries and peoples
• Breaks new ground in examining the relationship between social and economic rights fulfillment and a variety of other country traits, including formal legal and treaty commitments, gender equity, democracy/autocracy, and economic growth.
• Reveals some surprising and profound insights regarding the nature of social and economic rights fulfillment in the world today.
• Provides a new dataset for academic research to understand the structures, institutions, policies and other factors influencing human rights.
• Provides a new tool to empower civil society and the international legal and diplomatic community to hold States accountable for fulfilling their social and economic rights obligations.

Come join us with ideas for how to enhance the SERF index and to discuss other concrete policy approaches to fulfilling economic and social rights. Complimentary copies of the book available to those who confirm to by October 1 (she will arrange for pickup)

Thursday, 12/10/15 (12:30-2 p.m. Dodd 162)
Nita Rudra (Georgetown University, Dept. of Government)
“Poor Democracies in a Conundrum: International Trade and Government Revenues in Developing Countries” (paper co-authored by Nita Rudra and Ida Bastiaens)
Light lunch provided.

Co-sponsored by India Studies; Human Rights Institute Economic & Social Rights Program/ESRG

ABSTRACT: Governments of developing countries need revenue to meet their substantial spending, development, and poverty reduction goals. How has globalization affected their ability to raise such revenues? In this analysis, we contribute to the globalization and taxation debate by focusing on the fiscal impacts of declining international trade tax revenue in poor nations. We hypothesize that regime type is a major determinant of revenue raising capacity after liberalization policies have been adopted. As international trade taxes decline- once the primary form of government revenue generation in developing economies- policymakers in poor democracies find it more challenging than their authoritarian counterparts to replace the revenue loss via domestic tax reform. India represents a paradigmatic example of our hypothesis. The unfortunate consequence is that the failure to recover declining trade tax revenue in democracies is then associated with a reduction in spending on public goods.

Benjamin Carbonetti (UConn POLS), Wednesday, January 21, 2:30-4PM
“State Capacity and Human Rights: Examining the tools of repression.”
Abstract: It is well accepted that states are the primary duty bearers when it comes to ensuring the human rights of their citizens are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Despite this recognition the role the state can and does play is in human rights outcomes is still largely unexplained. After developing a new more precise and detailed measure of state capacity, this project identifies many patterns in how different state characteristics can lead to better or worse outcomes for both civil and political rights, and economic, social, and cultural rights around the world. The ultimate goal of the project is to help provide a stronger foundation for scholars and policymakers to study and make recommendations to states with an aim of promoting human rights in both developing and developed countries.

Professor Richard Locke,
Annual ESRG Public Lecture, Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 4PM
“From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All”

Richard M. Locke is the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science and public and international affairs at Brown University. Locke was named a 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership by The Aspen Institute and awarded the MIT Class of 1960 Teaching Innovation Award in 2007 and the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching in June 2008. He currently chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company’s suppliers.

Co-Sponsored by The Human Rights Institute, UConn School of Business, and the Thomas J. Dodd Center

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School)
Friday, February 20th 2:30-4PM
“Human Rights Monitoring: Progressive Realization versus the Violations Approach

Jane Gordon (UConn POLS), Friday, February 27th, 2:30-4PM
Discussion of Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty

Audrey Chapman (UConn Health Center, Wednesday, March 11th, 2:30-4PM
“Human Rights Requirements for Achieving Universal Health Coverage”
Abstract: Universal health coverage is a goal to which many countries aspire. It is also at the center of current efforts to strengthen health systems and improve access to health services. There is no human rights definition setting out the specifics of what universal health coverage entails, but In 2005 the World Health Assembly defined universal coverage “as access to key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions for all at an affordable cost, thereby achieving equity in access.” This presentation will explore the human rights requirements as to: (1) who are the “all” in terms of the members of society who are to be the beneficiaries; (2) what meaningful access entails; (3) which types of health services are essential to provide in a minimum core health benefit basket of key promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health interventions; (4) what affordability necessitates; and (5) in a situation of limited resources, how to equitably move toward universal health coverage.

Semahagn Gashu Abebe (UConn Human Rights Institute)
Friday April 3, 2:30-4PM
“Prospects and Challenges of Ensuring the Right to Food in Ethiopia”
Abstract: Ethiopia has long been associated with the famines that have plagued its people in the last half century. In the last decade, however, the country has made significant strides due the various government and the international donor community interventions that aimed at addressing hunger and malnutrition in the country. Despite the various efforts, Ethiopia is still one of the food insecure countries where millions of people need food aid every single year. The paper addresses the entrenched structural and institutional factors that hindered the prospects of realising the right to food in Ethiopia.

Friday, April 17-18.
Spring ESRG 2015 Workshop, “Global Justice & Extra-Territorial Obligations”

Presentation: Thursday, February 6th, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Caroline Payne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lycoming College
Alyssa Webb, Graduate Student: Political Science, University of Connecticut
“Assessing the Impact of Fair Trade on Economic & Social Rights: Evidence from Individual-Level Research”:
Widely publicized to be a responsible and effective way for businesses to improve economic & social rights in developing countries, fair trade has flourished in recent years. Despite an increase in public awareness and consumption of fair trade products, its effectiveness remains untested. Using data from an original survey conducted in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2012, along with personal interviews, we do just this. Despite the promises associated with fair trade, we find little evidence to support that it has improved economic and social rights for banana, cacao, and coffee workers.
Presentation: Thursday, March 6th, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Kathy Libal, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Connecticut
Readings from Oche Onazi’s Human Rights from Community: A Rights-Based Approach to Development (Edinburgh University Press, 2013)Presentation: Friday, April 4th, 12:30pm-2:00pm
David L. Richards, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights, University of Connecticut and Jillienne Haglund, A.B.D., Florida State University
“Violence Against Women and the Law: Results from a 196-Country Study”:
Where are VAW laws the strongest? Weakest? Why? How do VAW laws, if at all, affect women’s dignity/capacity?The Second Annual ESRG Public Lecture: Thursday, April 17th, 5pm, Konover Auditorium
“The Dilemmas of the Alterglobalization Movements.”
Dr. Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale UniversityWorkshop: Friday, April 18th, Dodd Center, Room 162
Spring Workshop on “Poverty, Inequality, and Human Rights”.

February 5
Dr. Prakash Kashwan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

February 25
Dr. Robert Pomeroy, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
Location TBA, 12-1:30 pm

March 5
Dr. Megan Berthold, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

April 4-5
Location and times TBA

April 5
Dr. Philip G. Alston, NYU Law School
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, 5 pm

April 30
Dr. Fakhmiddin Fazilov
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

September 11
Dr. Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor, Political Science and Human Rights, University of Connecticut
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

October 16
Dr. Heather Turcotte, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

November 13
Dr. Megan Berthold, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

December 4
Dr. Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor, Political Science and Human Rights, University of Connecticut, Dodd Lounge, 12-1:30 pm.

February 3
Chad Clay, Assistant Professor, International Affairs, University of Georgia (August 2012)
Colin Barry, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, Binghamton University
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

February 29
Kelly Matheson, Program Manager for the Americas, WITNESS
Class of 1947 Room – Babbidge Library, 12-1:30 pm

March 30
Dr. Vivek Srinivasan, Manager, Program on Liberation Technology, Stanford University
Dodd 162, 12-1:30 pm

April 13
Konover Auditorium, 4:00 – 5:30 pm with reception & dinner following

April 14
April 27
Dr. Gillian MacNaughton, Executive Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law
Dodd Center Lounge, 12-1:30 pm

All Meetings are from 12-1:30

September 30
Dr. David Richards, Political Science/Human Rights, University of Connecticut
Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Monteith 119

October 14
Dr. Prakash Kashwan, Political Science, University of Connecticut
“The Politics of Transition to Rights-Based Approaches to Conservation in India”
Monteith 119

November 18
Dr. Michael Goodhart, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
“Who Pays for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights?”
Dodd Center, Room 162

December 7
Dr. Zehra Kabasakal Arat, Visiting Gladstein Professor and Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor, Political Science and Women’s Studies, SUNY Purchase
Roundtable on Gendered Dimensions of Economic and Social Rights
Dodd Center Lounge.

All Meetings are from 12-1:30

February 4 (162 Dodd)

Audrey Chapman (UCONN Health Center) and Ben Carbonetti (UCONN, Political Science): “Human Rights Protections for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Groups: The Contributions of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”

February 25 (Dodd Lounge Area)

Steve Kutcha (UCONN, Economics): “Environmental Justice and ESC Rights: Derived Protections from the European Court of Human Rights”

March 25 (339 Monteith)
Blair Johnson (UCONN, Psychology): “HIV Prevention Efforts, Human Rights, and Other Structural Dimensions: Factors related to the Success of Interventions around the Globe.”

April 29 (162 Dodd)

Patrick Heidkamp and Colin Ryan (SCSU, Geography): “Spatial Considerations of Economic Rights Measurement”

April 9

ESRG Annual Workshop: “The State Of Economic and Social Rights”

All Meetings are from 12-1:30 in 162 Dodd Unless Otherwise Noted

September 24
Derek Johnson (UCONN, Economics): “On the Institutional Dilemmas of Human Rights Enforcement”

October 8
Chris Jeffords (UCONN, Agricultural and Resource Economics) and Corinne Tagliarina (UCONN, Political Science): “On the Right to Clean Water: On the Resolution Recently Passed by the UN General Assembly”

October 29 – Student Union, Room 318

Radhika Balakrishnan (Rutgers, Women’s and Gender Studies) and Diane Elson (Essex, Sociology): Macroeconomic Policy and Human Rights: A Case Study of the US and Mexico”

November 19 – Thomas J Dodd Research Center, Room 162

Sanjay Reddy (New School, Economics): “Economics and Human Rights: The Non-Conversation”

December 3 – Student Union, Room 324

Shawna Sweeney (UMASS-Dartmouth, Public Policy): TBA

February 5 (12-1:30, 162 Dodd)

Shareen Hertel: On the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR’s

Claire Mahon, 2008. “Progress at the Front: The Draft Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” Human Rights Law Review 8(4): 617-646.

March 5 (12-1:30, 162 Dodd) Changed

Kathy Libal and Michael Morrell on Cultural Rights
General comment No. 21, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee: Right of everyone to take part in cultural life (art. 15, para. 1 (a), of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)

Reidel, Laura(2010) ‘What are Cultural Rights? Protecting Groups With Individual Rights’, Journal of Human Rights, 9: 1, 65 — 80

March 26 (11-2, SU 303)

Thomas Pogge (Yale): “The Human Rights of the Global Poor: What Can We Do?” Faculty Seminar #1 arranged by the Human Rights Institute

April 2 (9:30-12, SU 320)

Thomas Pogge (Yale): “The Human Rights of the Global Poor: What Can We Do?” Faculty Seminar #2 arranged by the Human Rights Institute

Saturday April 17: Annual ERG Workshop

Note: Participation in the March 26 and April 2 Faculty Seminars must be prearranged through the Human Rights Institute.

All meetings will be held from: 12 noon till 1:30 p.m.

Friday, 9/18/09
Dodd Center, Room 162

Christian Zimmerman (UConn, Economics)
“Unemployment accounts vs. unemployment insurance: A quantitative exploration”

Friday 10/9/09
Babbidge Library Administrative Conference Room
(* Go to main Babbidge Offices on the Plaza level; the Conference room is within that suite of offices; the receptionist will direct you.)

Kathy Libal (UConn School of Social Work)
“HR in the USA: Selected readings and discussion.”

Risa L. Goluboff, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007) – Read “Introduction” (pages 1-15), and Chapter 3 “Claiming Rights in the Industrial Economy (pages 81-110).
Philip Alston, “Putting Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Back on the Agenda of the United States,” in The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era, edited by William F. Schulz (Pennslyvania, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), pages 120-138.

Friday, 11/6/09
Babbidge Library Administrative Conference Room

Susan Randolph (UConn Economics)
“An Index of Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment: Country Scores and Rankings” (paper by by Susan Randolph, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer)

Friday, 11/20/09
Dodd Center, Room 162

David Richards (Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights)
“Three Doors Into the Same Room: Development, Rights, and Security”.

All Sessions are Fridays 12-1:30 in room 162, Dodd Center–except Oct. 31

September 12

Samson Kimenyi:
“On Ethnic Division and Inequality in Kenya”
September 26

Audrey Chapman:
“Globalization, Health, and Human Rights”
October 17

Shareen Hertel:
“Human Rights in a Global Economy: Bringing Labor Rights Back In”
October 31 (room TBA)

Philip Harvey:
“Returning the Favor: What Economists Can Learn from the Law”
November 14

Rich Hiskes:
“The Human Right to a Green Future”

All Sessions are from 12-1:30

February 8 Rm. 162

Oksan Bayulgen
Topic: Non-State Approaches to Institutionalizing Economic Rights
February 29 Rm. 162

Topic: Hurricane Katrina and Human Rights
12-12:30 Readings and Discussion
Summary of The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act of 2007 (HR 4048).
Where Did the Katrina Money Go? By Jeffrey Buchanan and Chris Kromm, Institute for Southern Studies, September 5, 2007.
12:30-? Film: When the Levees Broke (By Spike Lee)
March 28 Admin. Conference Rm.

Shareen Hertel
Topic: The Effect of Constitutionalizing Economic Rights on Social Mobilization
April 11 Rm. 162

Radhika Balakrishnan
Topic: Assessing Macroeconomic Policies and Human Rights
April 12

2nd Annual ERG Workshop on the Indivisibility and Interdependence of Human Rights
April 25 Admin. Conf. Rm

Mark Boyer
Topic: Public Goods Theory Applied to Environmental Rights

All Sessions are from 12-1:30 at the listed Dodd Center Room

September 14 Rm. 162

Lanse Minkler Topic: Economic Rights and the Policymaker’s Decision Problem
October 5 Admin Conference Rm

Susan Randolph Topic: Measuring Household Level Food Security in Rural Senegal
October 26 Rm. 162

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Topic: Human Development and Human Rights: addressing the limitations of Human Rights Based Development
November 16 Rm. 162

Tarp, Finn, 2006. “Aid and Development,” Swedish Economic Policy Review 13: 9-61.
Clemens, Michael A., 2007. “Smart Samaritans – Is There a Third Way in the Development Debate?(The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It)(Book review of Paul Collier),” Foreign Affairs 86(5): 132-140.
December 7 Admin Conference Rm

Stiglitz, J. and A. Charlton, 2005. Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapters 2,3, 5.

All meetings are on Fridays from 1:30-3pm

Febuary 2 Conference Room 162, Dodd Research Center

Oksan Bayulgen
Topic: On Microfinance Research
Febuary 23 Administrative Conference Room, Dodd Research Center

Kathy Libal
Topic: Economic Rights in ‘General Comments’ of UN
Human Rights Treaty-Monitoring Bodies
March 16 Administrative Conference Room, Dodd Research Center

Audrey Chapman
Topic: TBA
April 6 Administrative Conference Room, Dodd Research Center

Lanse Minkler
Topic: The Cost of Economic Rights
April 27 Administrative Conference Room, Dodd Research Center

Shareen Hertel, Lyle Scruggs, and Patrick Heidkamp
Topic: On Ethical Consumption

All meetings are on Fridays from 1-2:30

September 15 Conference Rm. 162, Dodd

Organizational Issues
(Optional) Hertel, S. and Minkler, L., “Economic Rights: The Terrain.”
September 29 Administrative Rm., Dodd

Alston, P., 2005. Ships Passing in the Night: The Current State of the Human Rights and Development Debate Seen Through the Lens of the Millennium Development Goals,” HRQ 27, 755-829.
Harvard School of Public Health, FXB Center Working Paper series, No. 12: Arjun Sengupta, “Development Cooperation and the Right to
Development” (2003):
October 13 Conference Rm. 162, Dodd

Lyle Scruggs, Political Science. Topic: On Social Insurance
November 10 Administrative Rm., Dodd

Bandana Purkayastha, Sociology. Topic: TBA
December 1 Administrative Rm., Dodd

Shawna Sweeney, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Topic: TBA

January 30

Philip Harvey, Rutgers Law School (topic: on the right to employment)
Febuary 20

Stephen Pallage, University of Montreal, Economics (topic: on child labor)
March 13

Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science (topic: on the right to an adequate standard of living)
April 3

Susan Radolph, Uconn, Economics (topic: on measuring economic rights)
April 15

Kathryn Libal, Uconn, Anthropology (topic: Debating Economic Rights in the First Wave International Feminist Movement, 1920s-1930s)

September 20

(1) Hertel, S., Forthcoming. “Why Bother? Advancing Work on Measuring Economic Rights,” in Landman and Dahlerus (Eds).
(2) Green, M., 2001. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Indicators:
Current Approaches to Human Rights Measurement,” Human Rights Quarterly 23, 1062-1097.
October 4

(1) Nickel, J., 2005. “Poverty and Rights,” The Philosophical Quarterly 55, 385-402.
(2) Beetham, David, 1995. _What Future for Economic and Social Rights,_ Political Studies 43, 41-60.
October 18

(1) Kimenyi, S., 2005. ” Economic Rights, Human Development Effort and Institutions,” Paper to be presented at the Economic Rights Conference.
(2) Blume, L. and S. Voigt, 2004. _The Economic Effects of Human Rights,_ University of Kassel Working Paper 66/04.


January 24

Sen, Amartya, 2004. “Elements of a Theory of Human Rights,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 32, 315-356.
February 7

From: Sunstein, Cass, 2004. The Second Bill of Rights. (Introduction and chapters 10-12).

February 28

Milner, Wesley T., Steven C. Poe and David Leblang, 1999. “Security Rights, Subsistence Rights, and Liberties: A Theoretical Survey of the Empirical Landscape,” Human Rights Quarterly 21, 403-443.
March 14

Cingranelli, David L. and David L. Richards, 2004. “Measuring Government Respect for Economic Human Rights,” paper prepared for the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 13 September 2004.


March 28

Basu, Kaushik, and Zafiris Tzannatos, 2003. “The Global Child Labor Problem: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?,” CAE Working Paper #03-06, June 2003.

April 11

“Beyond Questions of Principle: Exploring the Implementation of Living Wages in Today’s Global Economy,” A Report on the Fair Labor Association’s Living Wage Forum, October 20, 2003, Columbia University.

September 23

Marks, Stephen, (2000-01). “The Human rights Framework for Development: Five Approaches,” Working Paper No.6, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health.
Copp, David, 1992. “The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living: Justice, Autonomy, and Basic Needs,” in Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred Miller, and Jeffrey Paul (Eds), Economic Rights, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
October 7

Sen, Amartya, 1999. Development as Freedom, NY: Knopf. Chapters 3 and 4.
Sugden, Robert, 1993. “A Review of Inequality Reexamined by Amartya Sen,” Journal of Economic Literature, 31, 1947-62.
October 21

Gewirth, Alan, 1996. The Community of Rights, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Chapters 1 and 2.
November 4

Pogge, Thomas. “A Cosmopolitan Perspective on the Global Economic Order,” in Harry Brighouse and Gillian Brock (Eds), The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism.
November 18

Sachs, Albie, 2004. “The Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights: The Grootboom Case,” paper presented at a conference on Third Party Effects- What Happens When the State Promotes Rights?, 12th Annual Conference on “The Individidual Versus the Stat,” Central European University, Budapest, June 18-19.