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Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication: An International Workshop

Session 5: Rights as Inclusion Mechanism


November 18, 2016
10:45am - 12:30pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication: An International Workshop

Session 5: Rights as Inclusion Mechanism


November 18, 2016
10:45am - 12:30pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
November 18, 2016
10:45am - 12:30pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

Chair: Jacqueline Bhabha, T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

10:45 a.m.

John C. Mubangizi, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A constitutional and human rights-based approach to reducing poverty and social exclusion in South Africa

Discussant: Lucie White, Harvard Law School, Harvard University

The paper considers the international human rights norms relevant to poverty and social exclusion in general and in South Africa in particular. Given that country’s history, a constitutional approach to reducing poverty and social exclusion – especially of women, children, and rural populations - is especially promising.

11:30 a.m.

Shreya Atrey, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Poverty: An intersectional castaway in discrimination law

Discussant: Frank Dobbin, Sociology, Harvard University

This paper clarifies a contradiction in terms between discrimination law theory and practice to show that poverty’s intersectional character actually strengthens the case for its recognition as a ground for charges in discrimination law. Analysing leading examples of housing discrimination and housing rights from some of the most progressive discrimination law regimes – Canada, South Africa and India –it refutes the single-axis framework of discrimination law that points to its intersectionality and refutes the claim that the poor are not a group, when homelessness, for example, does lead to a claim for equal protection.

12:15 p.m.

Book presentation: Child Poverty, Youth (Un)Employment, and Social Inclusion (October 2016, Ibidem Verlag, Germany)

Presented by Maria Petmesidou (editor)

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