Praxis of Human Rights in the Era of 21st Century Capitalism

Monday, September 18, 2023, 5:00PM to 6:30PM (EDT)

Yamin’s new second edition of When Misfortune Becomes Injustice, makes a compelling case for why the praxis of human rights—human rights for social change—must be rethought to meet the challenges of finance and monopoly capitalism in the twenty-first century. Yamin brings to life the history of human rights law, as it relates to the exacerbation of extreme inequity and wealth disparity and their direct impact on health and prosperity, especially amid the recent covid-19 pandemic.


  • Alicia Ely Yamin, Harvard Law School and Partners in Health
  • Philip Alston, NYU Law School, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty
  • Jackie Dugard, Columbia University
  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School, Chair of UN Committee on Development Policy

Presented by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, at the Schools of Public Engagement.