In keeping with its mission to promote cutting edge scholarship and analysis on human rights issues, PHRGE faculty, staff and students publish a range of publications. These include scholarly books and articles, reports, briefs and blog posts. Those publications are collected in the list below.

Safe Communities in Massachusetts

As part of its work with the Partnership for Immigrants’ Rights, PHRGE has issued a report, “Safe Communities in Massachusetts: The Response of Massachusetts Municipalities to the Immigration Enforcement Policies of the Trump Administration.” The report, co-authored by Elizabeth Ennen ’08, director of PHRGE, Andra Lehotay de León ’23 and Colleen Maney ’20, details how towns and cities in Massachusetts responded to Trump-era immigration policies by enacting “safe community” or “sanctuary” policies at the municipal level. These policies are designed to express support for immigrants and to decrease the participation of local police departments in federal immigration enforcement.

The Human Right to Water

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy has released the latest publication in its series on water and human rights in the US, DATA ON TAP: Realizing Human Rights through Water Utility Reporting Laws. This briefing paper examines U.S. initiatives to promote water policy transparency through the lens of this human right. 

This is PHRGE’s eighth publication in a series on the human right to water. The other publications are: (1) “The Human Right to Water: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography”; (2) ”The Human Right to Water: Using Freedom of Information Laws to Understand Rising Water Rates;” (3) “The Human Right to Water: A Primer for Lawyers and Community Leaders;” (4) “A Drop in the Bucket: Water Affordability Policies in Twelve Massachusetts Communities;” (5)  “Disconnected: How Household Water Shutoffs in the United States During the COVID Pandemic Violate the Human Right to Water;” (6)  “Voluntary Local Reviews and the Human Right to Water.” and (7) “How Five Creative Water Utilities Are Assisting “Hard-to-Reach” Renters as Water Rates Rise.”

CPIAC Journal 
Reflections on the practice of social justice law, published by the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

Human Rights and the Global Economy SSRN e-Journal
PHRGE Affiliated Faculty and Staff co-edit an online human right law journal published by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). There are currently over 500 subscribers and over 7500 papers posted. Subscription to the e-Journal requires an SSRN login.

Human Rights at Home Blog
PHRGE Faculty Co-Director Martha Davis co-edits this blog on the Law Professors network. This unique resource focuses on human rights in the United States and features posts from a national roster of human rights scholars and advocates

Additional Publications