Monday, 26 September 2011

UCL Symposium: Prospects for Economic and Social Human Rights Country Indicators 14 October

UCL's Institute for Human Rights is pleased to announce an international symposium on Prospects for Economic and Social Human Rights Country Indicators, on Friday 14th October. (Apologies for cross posting).

Can we develop accurate and useful indicators for economic and social human rights? Can we score countries on their economic and social rights achievements? What would be the requisites and aims of an economic and social rights dataset? What kind of international questions would such a dataset inform?

The implementation of human rights standards in different societies implies that we can make judgements about the observance of human rights obligations by states. Such judgements, however, have to be made on the basis of more than the declarations of governments or even their legal
commitments. It must be possible both to describe and prescribe institutional and policy measures that constitute clear observance of these obligations. Whilst some significant work has been done to develop civil and political rights indicators, scoring the human rights performance of specific territories, not enough work has been done outlining and defining indicators for economic and social human rights.
This symposium - part of the Institute for Human Rights's Pentland Symposia series - brings together leading experts in the field to discuss past and current initiatives and desiderata for an economic and social human rights dataset.

Registration from 9am, the Symposium will begin at 9:30am. The Symposium will be followed by an informal reception.

9.30-10.15 - Prof. Todd Landman (Essex): Economic and Social Rights Indicators and
10.15-10.30 Coffee Break

10.30-12:00 - Panel discussion: Current Measures on ES Indicators — Polly Vizard,
Todd Landman and David Cingranelli (Chair: Saladin Meckled-Garcia)
12.00 – 13.30 -Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 - Rod Abouharb: Economic rights, child mortality and development
indicators; Imdra de Soyza : Empirically assessing the societal effectiveness of bilateral aid
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee Break
15:15-17:15 - Prof. David Cingranelli followed by plenary discussion—Prospects for
the future of Economic and Social Rights Indicator Sets
17.30 – 19.00 - Reception

Professor Todd Landman (University of Essex)
Dr Polly Vizard (LSE)
Professor David Cingranelli (University of Binghamton)
Dr Rodwan Abouharb (UCL)
Professor Indra de Soyza (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL)

If you have any further queries about the event please contact Saladin Meckled-Garcia (

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