Human Rights and the Global Economy

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November 9-10, 2011


The New School
John Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011


This conference is intended to contribute to a nascent interdisciplinary conversation between the discourses of human rights and economics. While notions of human rights help frame the issues, “rights talk” can be mere rhetoric that contributes little to a better understanding of the processes involved. This symposium explores the role human rights can and does play in an evolving global economy. It brings together theorists and practitioners from both fields who are concerned with equity and social justice in many dimensions: the rules (trade, intellectual property, carbon emissions and climate change), the actors (corporations, multinational organizations), and the tools (the international human rights system). Scholars, activists, and members of the public are invited to explore exciting initiatives in this nascent field. Contemporary crises of climate change, financial market volatility, and increasing inequality add to the urgency of seeking connections between human rights and the global economy.

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