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Emerging Issues on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: what are the new debates on the topic?

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 12:30PM - 02:00PM
Description: For years, the protection of economic, social and cultural rights at the international and domestic levels has involved extensive debate regarding the enforceability and implementation. of these rights. Most recently, however, novel issues regarding the protection of these rights have emerged and enhanced the debate. These include the extraterritorial application of the obligations arising from treaties on economic, social and cultural rights; claims related to the application of these obligations to transnational corporations; and the links between economic, social and cultural rights and development cooperation in the Millennium Development Goals, among others. Moreover, the recent coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will incorporate an additional challenge to the implementation of these rights through the adjudication of individual cases. The experts in this panel will reflect upon these emerging issues and debate the challenges that lie ahead. Speakers: Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Catarina de Albuquerque, Special Rapporteur on Human Right of Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Juana Sotomayor, Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Victor Abramovich, Executive Secretary of the Public Policy Institute of Human Rights of the Mercosur Moderator: Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Professor of Public Law from the Pantheon Sorbonne University of Paris
Sponsor: The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
URL: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hrmonth.cfm
Location: WCL Rm. 603
Contact Name: Renee Lurker
Contact Phone: 202-274-4070
Contact Email: hracademy@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 05/24/13

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