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International Law, Local Justice: Human Rights Transformed

A Symposium in Honor of Professor Hope Lewis

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While the discourse of human rights shaped our understandings of the relationship between states and their communities for well over half a century, new thinking about how best to protect lives and livelihoods has emerged from the dynamism and border-disregarding character of our contemporary global economic order. Before her untimely death in December 2016, Professor Hope Lewis was at the forefront of initiatives to theorize the relationship between human rights and the new global economy, to identify best practices for her colleagues in government and the advocacy community, to address racial inequality and to further develop the now flourishing socio-economic rights dimension of human rights discourse. This symposium explores the impact of Professor Lewis’ work and illuminates the role human rights principles can play in protecting people from the volatility and extractive excess of inadequately regulated global markets.

For Professor Lewis, who was both a leading academic and an activist, research and scholarship were meant to inform the work of activists and the struggling communities for whom they speak. She mentored and supported generations of students whose work as lawyers and advocates today gives life to her vision of human rights, racial equality, social justice and engaged practice.

With one eye on the topics that Professor Lewis pursued and the other on today’s social justice challenges, the presenters will consider immigrant rights, inequality and human rights; global feminisms and human rights; and international rights protection for disabled persons as we celebrate her legacy and launch the law school’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Northeastern University School of Law

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