This roundtable is convened in honor of Professor Virginia Leary (1926-2009), a groundbreaking international legal scholar and human rights advocate.
Session participants will discuss cutting-edge approaches to the promotion and implementation of social and economic human rights, including non-discrimination and equality rights, workers' rights, and rights to housing, food, health, and education.
Moderator: Barbara Stark, Hofstra University School of Law
Philip Alston, New York University School of Law Andrew Clapham, Graduate Institute of International Studies Institute Gay McDougall, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Mona Rishmawi, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Alicia Ely Yamin, Harvard Law School
Philip Alston is an international law scholar and human rights practitioner. He is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-Chair of the law school's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
In human rights law, Alston has held a range of senior UN appointments for well over two decades, including, since 2004, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Andrew Clapham was the Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations in New York before he joined the Graduate Institute of International Studies Institute in 1997.
His current research relates to the role of non-state actors in international law and related questions in human rights and humanitarian law. Andrew Clapham is the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Mona Rishmawi is currently the legal Advisor of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Head of OHCHR's Rule of Law and Democracy Unit. From 2 June to 19August 2003, she was the Senior Human Rights and Gender Advisor to UN Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, in Baghdad.
From November 2000 until June 2003, she was the Senior Adviser to two UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Sergio Vieira de Mello and Mary Robison.
Barbara Stark received a B.A. from Cornell, cum laude, a J.D. from NYU, and an LL.M. from Columbia. She has published more than 50 chapters and articles in the California and UCLA law reviews and the Yale, Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Michigan journals of international law, among others. Since joining the Hofstra faculty in 2005, she has published three books, International Family Law: An Introduction (2005), Global Issues in Family Law (with Ann Estin, 2007) and Family Law in the World Community (with Marianne Blair et al., 2009).
Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin is currently a Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law Schoolâ€™s Human Rights Program, and an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is Acting Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights and additionally serves on the advisory boards the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, Human Rights Ahead, the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health, as well as several human rights advocacy organizations in Latin America.
Prior to her fellowship, Yamin was the Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organizationâ€™s field investigations.
Andrew Clapham, Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, looks back at the writings of international law great Virginia Leary. During the Nineties Leary argued for "the right to health," insisting that healthcare should be a universal human right.