As society grapples with an unprecedented pandemic, the most vulnerable workers and communities bear the brunt of its immediate and long-term devastating effects, even as they provide essential services to our societies. But can the pandemic also present opportunities to address market failures and position workers’ rights as central to a more sustainable, just, and resilient economy? Join us for a talk with Anita Ramasastry (UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights), Alison Kiehl Friedman (ICAR), Kim Cordova (UFCW), and Janhavi Dave (Homenet South Asia); moderated by Aminta Ossom (Harvard) and grounded in the experiences of workers in the food and agricultural sector, and in the informal economy.

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The series is organized by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Just Security.


  • Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy, University of Wyoming College of Law
  • Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Cornell International Human Rights Clinic: Litigation and Advocacy
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute
  • Human Rights Center, University of Dayton
  • Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program of Harvard Law School
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
  • International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley
  • Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Opinio Juris
  • Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah