Discussion with Aryeh Neier on Economic and Social Rights

January 19, 2006
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC
WCL Room 602

12pm - 1pm


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At the initiative of Prof. Herman Schwartz, the Center is hosting a year-long series of events focused on varying perspectives on economic, social and cultural rights. At this event, Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute, and Professors Herman Schwartz and Rick Wilson offered their differing perspectives on economic, social and cultural rights in a lively discussion at WCL. Mr. Neier argued that the allocation of resources should be a matter of public debate and a political process rather than a right which has limited enforceability.

Mr. Neir is also a founder and former executive director of Human Rights Watch. Prior to that, he worked as the national director for the American Civil Liberties Union. An internationally-recognized expert on human rights, he has conducted investigations of human rights abuses in more than 40 countries and, for more than two decades, has been directly engaged in efforts to promote compliance with international humanitarian law and laws of armed conflict. He played a leading role in the establishment of the international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia

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