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.
The Human Right to Water
The latest publication in PHRGE's series on water and human rights in the US, “Voluntary Local Reviews and the Human Right to Water,” reports on the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal #6 on the right to water. This briefing is the product of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, with input from the interdisciplinary research team for the project Water Unaffordability in the United States: Using Principles of Organizational Capacity to Understand Municipal Variation in Providing Water Access (NSF Award No. 1948790).
Brianna Ziegenhagen ’22 is the lead author of the report. Additional comments and feedback were provided by Martha F. Davis, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University; Amanda Lyons, Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota; and Laura Senier, Associate Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, Northeastern University.
This is PHRGE’s sixth 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; and (4) A Drop in the Bucket: Water Affordability Policies in Twelve Massachusetts Communities; and (5) “Disconnected: How Household Water Shutoffs in the United States During the COVID Pandemic Violate the Human Right to Water.”
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
“The Limits of Local Sanctuary Initiatives for Immigrants,” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (August 4, 2020).
“Intersectionality in Ireland’s Abortion Debate,” CPIAC Blog (February 2020)
“Winning on a Technicality,” CPIAC Blog (July 2019)
“Gender Equality and Conflict: Bridging the Gap between International Law and Reality on the Ground,” CPIAC Blog (July 2019)
Martha Davis and Serena Parekh (co-authors)
“Boston's Sanctuary City Project: A Philosophical Perspective,” White Paper, (February 2018).
Prepared with the support of a seed grant from the Northeastern University Global Resilience Institute.
Lee, Jootaek and Maraya Best
“The Human Right to Water: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography,” Northeastern University Libraries (March 1, 2017).
“Still Dazzled by the Facts and Figures,” Rightscapes, PHRGE (May 6, 2016).
“A Fighting Chance: Legal Responses to the Humanitarian Border Crisis,” Rightscapes, PHRGE (May 5, 2016).
“The Experience of Working in an Established Human Rights Institution,” Rightscapes, PHRGE (May 5, 2016).
“Understanding Family Planning – Poor Medical Care, Forced Sterilization and the Genocide of Tribal Peoples and 'Backward Castes” Rightscapes, PHRGE (May 4, 2016).
“Human Rights at Sea," Human Rights at Home Blog, Law Professor BlogsNetwork (May 2, 2016).
“Inconvenient Human Rights: Access to Water and Sanitation in Sweden’s Informal Roma Settlements,” The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights andHumanitarian Law at Lund University (Sweden) (April 8, 2016).
“Something Like Home,” Rightscapes, PHRGE (March 28 2016).
“US Mayors Join Others Worldwide in Promoting Inclusive Growth,” HumanRights at Home Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network. (March 28, 2016).
“At the UN: A Week for Women,” Human Rights at Home Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network. (March 23, 2016).
“Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere,” PLOS Medicine (March 8, 2016).
“Research Guide to Mexican Law,” Northeastern University Libraries. Taylor & Francis Online (March 3, 2016).
“My Voice and Human Rights Advocacy,” PHRGE (February 11, 2016).
"Will the Flint Water Crisis Light a Fire?" Human Rights at Home Blog. Law Professor Blogs Network (February 2, 2016).
“Bringing It Home: Human Rights Treaties and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the United States,” Human Rights by the American Bar Association, Northeastern University School of Law (January 29, 2016).
“The State of the Human Rights Union,” Human Rights at Home Blog. Law Professor Blogs Network (January 13, 2016).
MacNaughton, Gillian, and Mariah McGill
"The Impact of Human Rights on Universalizing Health Care in Vermont, USA." Health and Human Rights Journal (December 16, 2015).
“Google Deceptively Tracks Students’ Internet Browsing, EFF Says in FTC Complaint,” Electronic Frontier Foundation (December 1, 2015).
“The Human Cost of the Refugee Backlash,” Human Rights at Home Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network (November 17, 2015).
Murray, Kevin, and Aja Watkins
“Low-Fee Private Schools and U.S. Charter Schools: Two Faces of Non-Traditional Private Education,” Right to Education Project (November 2, 2015).
“Evolving Human Rights and the Science of Antiretroviral Medicine,” Health and Human Rights Journal (June 4, 2015).
Law Library Resources on Human Rights
The Law Library at Northeastern School of Law houses excellent collections on international human rights generally and economic, social and cultural rights more particularly.
Bibliography of Resources Related to ESC Rights
A Selection from Northeastern University’s law library of human rights resources related to economic and social rights.
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- OHCHR Committee on Economic, Social, & Cultural Rights (ESCR)
Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Partners for Dignity and Rights (Formerly NESRI)
- International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)
- Center for Economic and Social Rights
- Amnesty International
- Human Rights Law Network
- University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
- Bayefsky United Nations Human Rights Treaties
- United Nations Universal Human Rights Index
Specific ESC Rights
Right to Health
- UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
- Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights General Comment No. 14 The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health
- International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO)
- Health & Human Rights Journal
- Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human Rights
- Right to Health Unit Archives – University of Essex
- Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
Right to Education
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
- Right to Education Project
- UNESCO Right to Education
Right to Adequate Housing
- UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context
- Center on Housing Rights & Evictions (COHRE)
- National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Right to Food
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
- Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Site
- Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- FAO Right to Food
- FIAN International
Right to Decent Work
- UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
- UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially in Women & Children
- Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law & in Practice
- International Labour Organization (ILO) Decent Work
Right to Water