Localizing Human Rights in the New Era: Strategies for Local Implementation of Human Rights in the U.S.

May 19, 2017 -
9:30am to 5:00pm
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 4 Times Square, 37th floor

This is the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network Annual Human Rights in the U.S. Symposium and Continuing Legal Education, which includes keynotes and sessions all day.

Cathy Albisa, NESRI's Executive Director will be speaking during the first session, from 10:30 - 11:45 entitled "The Renewed Relevance of Human Rights at the State and Local Level."

State and local governments play a significant role in bringing the United States into compliance with its international human rights commitments. Lawyers and advocates are initiating, encouraging, and promoting these efforts and developing new strategies to “bring human rights home.” This introductory panel will explore the relevance and challenges of state and local implementation of human rights in the United States, particularly in light of the current political landscape; domestic and international comparative approaches to subnational human rights implementation; the role of the federal government in facilitating and supporting state and local human rights implementation; and the critical importance of working in close partnership with impacted communities.  


  • Martha Davis, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, and Co-director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and Commissioner, New York City Human Rights Commission
  • Michele Grigolo, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
  • Olatunde Johnson, Professor of Law and Vice-Dean for Intellectual Life, Columbia Law School
  • Meredith Johnston, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees (L/HRR), U.S. Department of State

Moderator: JoAnn Ward, Deputy Director, Human Rights in the U.S. Project, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

For more information about the symposium, please visit the event website.

This symposium is co-sponsored by  Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Northeastern University School of Law, Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy, and NESRI (National Economic and Social Rights Initiative)