From the 2007 News Archive
Human Rights Expert and Former U.N. Officer Balakrishnan Rajagopal to Speak at Sept. 26 Colloquium
To kick off the School’s International and Comparative Law Colloquium, Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal
will discuss his recent paper
on the treatment of economic, social and cultural rights by the Supreme Court of India, and discuss why its decisions are "pro-human rights but anti-poor" on September 26 at 5 p.m.
Professor Rajagopal is the Ford Human Rights Professor of Law and Development at MIT, and is also the Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice. His teaching focuses on human rights and international development planning; the impact of international law on globalization and governance of cities and countries; and the relationship between social movements, law and socio-political and cultural change. He has authored numerous articles and given many presentations on the issues of human rights and international law.
Professor Rajagopal has served as a Judicial and Human Rights Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program and has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Human Rights Officer in charge of Legal Assistance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a member of the Board of Editors of Human Rights & Human Welfare
, an on-line journal of the Human Rights Consortium hosted by the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver; a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the Law and Society Association, and the American Society of International Law.