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Land Grabbing, Human Rights, and the Law.

Start/End Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:15 PM EDT -- 01:15 PM EDT
Location Name JG 107

This non-pizza lunch event will examine the controversial issue of land grabbing from the perspective of human rights and legal remedies. Kaitlin Cordes '08 will discuss the current context of land grabs and land acquisitions, and how they can affect human rights, particularly the right to food. Heather Eisenlord will present on the ongoing Jones Day pro bono litigation, supported by the International Senior Lawyers Project, against a multinational company in the United Kingdom. The potentially groundbreaking case was filed on behalf of dispossessed farmers in Cambodia who were evicted to make way for industrial sugar plantations.

Heather Eisenlord is the Human Rights Program Director at the International Senior Lawyers Project. Before joining ISLP, she worked with an anti-human trafficking NGO in Cambodia and a community-based organization in Uganda focused on education, and practiced for seven years at leading U.S. law firms.

Kaitlin Y. Cordes is a Senior Legal Researcher at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, where she leads the Center’s work on land, agriculture, and human rights. In the past, she has worked with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch and served as an Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. She is the co-editor of Accounting for Hunger: The Right to Food in the Era of Globalisation (Hart, 2011).

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Hosted by Social Justice Initiatives.