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The Future of Economic and Social Rights

international conference

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Boston College Law School East Wing, Room 200



Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Vlad Perju, Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School

Katharine Young, Boston College

Roberto Gargarella, University Torcuato Di Tella and the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Why Do We Care about Dialogue? “Notwithstanding Clause,” “Meaningful Engagement” and Public Hearings: A Sympathetic but Critical Analysis

Sandra Liebenberg, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
The ‘Democratic Turn’ in South African Socio-Economic Rights Jurisprudence

César Rodríguez Garavito, Dejusticia & University of the Andes, Colombia         
Dialogic Judicial Activism as Problem Solving: Deliberation, Experimentation and Impact in Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication

DISCUSSANT: Karl Klare, Northeastern Law School 
On Democracy and Social Rights

DISCUSSANT: Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Member, U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR), Colombia

MODERATOR: Paulo Barrozo, Boston College Law School

David Landau, Florida State University
Courts as Political Institutions

Malcolm Langford, University of Oslo
Quantitative Projections on Adjudication

Tara Melish, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Assessing Rights Infringements: Assessment Standards across Rights Categories

DISCUSSANT: Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto
On the Toronto Comparative Project on Economic and Social Rights

DISCUSSANT: Bruce Porter, Canada

MODERATOR: Diane Ring, Boston College

Served in Barat House, Boston College Law School

Aeyal Gross, Tel Aviv University
Litigating the Right to Health: And Analogies to the Right to Food

Michael Rebell, Columbia University, U.S.
The Right to Education in U.S. State Courts

Arghya Sengupta, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi, India
The Enforceability of the Right to Education in India

Katharine Young, Boston College Law School
Rights and Queues

DISCUSSANT: Frank Michelman, Emeritus Professor, Harvard University

DISCUSSANT: Colleen Flood, University of Ottawa

DISCUSSANT: Mohamed Ezzeldin Abdel-Moneim, Member, UNCESCR, Egypt

MODERATOR: David Hollenbach, S.J., Boston College

Amartya Sen, Harvard University
Rights in a Global World

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Olivier de Schutter, Member, UNCESCR, Belgium [recorded remarks]

Mohamed Ezzeldin Abdel-Moneim, Member, UNCESCR, Egypt

Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Member, UNCESCR, Colombia

Heisoo Shin, Member, UNCESCR, Korea

All: How to Approach Public Budget Analysis to Measure Progressive Realization

DISCUSSANT: Philip Alston, NYU School of Law

DISCUSSANT: William Forbath, Texas

DISCUSSNT: Gerald Neuman, Harvard

MODERATOR: Frank Garcia, Boston College Law School

Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham
Financial Crises and Economic and Social Rights

Tiago Fidalgo de Freitas, European University Institute (Portugal)
Austerity and Welfare Rights Adjudication

Colm O’Cinneade, University College, London
Shifting Constitutionalism in Europe

DISCUSSANT: Sharmila Murthy, Suffolk Law School
On Distressed Cities, Bankruptcy, and the Right to Water

DISCUSSANT: Lucy Williams, Northeastern Law School

MODERATOR: Vlad Perju, Boston College Law School

Served in Barat House, Boston College Law School

Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty; NYU School of Law
Extreme Poverty and Human Rights 

Kerry Chance, Harvard University, Anthropology (T.B.C)
Politics and “the Poors”: A Case Study from South Africa

Jeff King, University College, London
The Past’s Lessons for the Future of Social Rights

DISCUSSANT: Amy Cohen, Ohio State University (Harvard)

DISCUSSANT: Sandra Fredman, Oxford University

DISCUSSANT: Heisoo Shin, Member, UNCESCR, Korea

MODERATOR: M. Brinton Lykes, Boston College


  • Philip Alston, NYU School of Law
  • William Forbath, University of Texas Law School
  • Sandra Fredman, Oxford University
  • Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto
  • Sandra Liebenberg, Stellenbosch University
  • Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • Lucie White, Harvard Law School

MODERATOR: Katharine Young, Boston College Law School