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Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Tara Melish to discuss “From Monuments to Ladders: Collapsing Social Rights Typologies into a More Usable, Enforcement-Oriented Schema,” October 17, 2011

On Monday, October 17, 2011, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host a Human Rights Happy Hour. Professor Tara Melish of the University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY, will present a talk entitled, “From Monuments to Ladders: Collapsing Social Rights Typologies into a More Usable, Enforcement-Oriented Schema.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Tara J. Melish is an associate professor of law and director of the Human Rights Center at the University at Buffalo Law School. Professor Melish’s research interests include comparative approaches to the protection of economic, social, and cultural rights. She also takes part in litigation and reporting efforts before the United Nations and Inter-American human rights bodies. Several of her most significant publications include “The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Beyond Progressivity” and “The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Defending Social Rights Through Case-Based Petitions” in Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (with Malcolm Langford; Cambridge University Press, 2008); “The UN Disability Convention: Historic Process, Strong Prospects, and Why the U.S. Should Ratify” in the Human Rights Brief (2007); “Rethinking the ‘Less as More’ Thesis: Supranational Litigation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Americas,” in the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (2006); and “Maximum Feasible Participation of the Poor: New Governance, New Accountability, and a 21st Century War on the Sources of Poverty” in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal (2010). Melish has previously worked in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the UN Secretariat and served as editor in chief of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. In addition, Professor Melish has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and Yale Law School.  Professor Melish graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Dan Brinks, professor of government and codirector of the Rapoport Center, will serve as a respondent to her talk.

More information about Professor Melish and the Happy Hour Speaker Series can be found on the Rapoport Center’s website.

If you would like a copy of the paper upon which her presentation is based, please contact William Chandler to request a copy.

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