Public Lecture with Prof Philip Alston at Melbourne Law School- 30 June 2016

What’s poverty got to do with human rights?

Prof. Philip Alston
United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Public Lecture

Thursday 30 June
G08 Lecture Theatre, Melbourne Law School
Why it is that the world’s major human rights groups largely ignore poverty, and why do 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 care 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. Philip Alston will explain why and how this approach
must change.

Presented in conjunction with Oxfam Australia, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Institute for Law and the Humanities.


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