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PHRGE Symposium: Right to a Healthy Environment in US Law

The Right to a Healthy Environment in US Law:
Justice for Communities Today and Tomorrow

Northeastern Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) hosted its annual symposium on Thursday, June 9, 2022. This year's theme was The Right to a Healthy Environment in US Law: Justice for Communities Today and Tomorrow. The symposium focused on the newly-endorsed right to a healthy environment and drew connections between this right and efforts to promote environmental justice in the United States. The event consisted of a keynote speech on environmental racism, a panel on environmental justice, and a panel on youth engagement and intergenerational obligations.

The event was hosted by Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy on behalf of the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network.

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CLE INFORMATION - California and New York: The State Bar of California has approved this activity for 3.25 MCLE credit hours.  An application for New York accreditation of this program is currently pending.

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Opening Remarks
Martha Davis
University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Keynote Speaker
Dominique Day
United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent/ Daylight Law

Session I - Implementing Environmental Justice

Moderator:
Rachel Gore Freed, Vice President and Chief Organizer, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Panelists:
Ka’sha Bernard, Center for International Environmental Law
Ann Marie Chischilly, VP, Native American Initiatives at Northern Arizona University
Katrina Kuh, Haub Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Sharon Lavigne, Founder, RISE St. James/2021 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient

Session II - Future Generations

Moderator:
Erin Daly
, Professor of Law, Dignity Rights Project, Delaware Law School at Widener University.

Panelists:
Julia Olson
, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust
Ramin Pejan
, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice
Samia Shell
, Ron Brown Scholar, St. John’s University School of Law
Jonathan Todres
, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

Thank you to our sponsors!

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Human Rights Program
American University International Human Rights Law Clinic
Center for Constitutional Rights
Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
CUNY International Human Rights & Gender Justice Clinic
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA
University of Pennsylvania Law School Transnational Legal Clinic
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

June 9, 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm