2008 Rubin Lecture: Buying Social Justice

Dr. Christopher McCrudden To Give 34th Annual Rubin Lecture
Columbia Law School, April 16, 2008
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April 9, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Dr. Christopher McCrudden, whose new book explores how government purchasing policy can be used to achieve social and human rights goals will give the 34th Annual Rubin Lecture on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Dr. McCrudden’s lecture will address the relationship between human rights and international economic regulation. He will argue that government purchasing can be used as a legitimate, effective and legal means to achieve global social justice.
Dr. McCrudden is a Professor of Human Rights Law, Oxford University, and Affiliated Overseas Professor, University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement and Legal Change, and the recipient of the 2008 Certificate of Merit for his “preeminent contribution to creative scholarship” by the American Society of International Law.
WHAT: 34th Annual Rubin Lecture: Buying Social Justice
WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105, Amsterdam at West 116 St.; Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.
SPEAKERS: Dr. Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Human Rights Law, Oxford University and Affiliated Overseas Professor, University of Michigan Law School. Introduction by Columbia Law School’s Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, and commentary by Mark Barenberg, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.
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The Samuel Rubin Program for the Advancement of Liberty and Equality Through Law was established at Columbia Law School in 1981 to advance the ideals of Samuel Rubin (1901-28), a leading businessman and innovative philanthropist who founded the Faberge Perfume Company. Rubin remained sensitive throughout his life to the needs and rights of the poor and defenseless and dedicated to the concern for universal human rights and peaceful resolution of economic and social conflict. The Program is funded by The Reed Foundation and brings distinguished visitors and scholars to Columbia Law School through a variety of events, a visiting professorship and the annual Rubin Lecture.
Past lecturers have included Bishop Desmond Tutu, Marian Wright Edelman (Founder of Children's Defense Fund), Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Margaret M. Richardson (IRS Commissioner) and David Kessler (FDA Commissioner). In 2007, Justice Sandile Ngcobo, Associate Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, spoke on “Courts and Transformation of Society: What is Their Role?”
The Human Rights Institute was built on an extensive foundation of human rights education at Columba Law School. A decade ago it was established to help train the next generation of lawyers, teachers and human rights professionals. It builds bridges between theory and practice, between law and other disciplines, between national constitutional rights and international human rights.
Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.