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What's poverty got to do with human rights?

  • Theatre G08, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

Why it is that the world’s major human rights groups largely ignore poverty, and why the key actors in addressing global poverty, such as the World Bank, insist that human rights are irrelevant to their work. What would the agenda be if poverty were to be treated as a human rights violation? Philip Alston will argue that none of the major actors in the human rights field really cares about poverty. Most human rights groups prefer to treat poverty as if it were not a human rights issue, thus effectively reinforcing the status quo.

Professor Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University, and is currently also the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.