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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room
(Floor 2, Room 219)
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Beyond 'Rights' and 'Development' for tackling the sanitation challenge: Lessons from Gujarat, India
Speaker: Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Balakrishnan Rajagopal is Associate Professor of Law and Development
International Development Group, Department of Urban Studies &Planning
Director, MIT Program on Human Rights & Justice, Center for International Studies.
Moderator: Sharmila Murthy
Professor Rajapogal’s research focuses on a) development-induced displacement; b) corporate social responsibility and labor standards; c) rights to housing and land; d) law and development including land reform; e) Dalits and sustainable sanitation; and f) a theory of 'development as justice'.
He received his B.L. from University of Madras (India), an LLM (Masters in Law) from the American University in DC and an interdisciplinary SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Harvard Law School. He formerly served with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia between 1992-97 and received a Royal Award from the King of Cambodia in recognition. He has consulted with the UNDP, the World Commission on Dams and civil society organizations. His research experience and interests are primarily in South and Southeast Asia, Brazil and South Africa.
He has received a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship, a Samuel Morse Lane Fellowship, a Reginald Lewis Fellowship (all three at Harvard Law School), two HASS MIT Research Awards and a Ford International Career Development Professorship. He has also been a Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC and the Madras Institute of Development Studies. He has held visiting appointments at the UN University for Peace, University of Melbourne Law School and the Washington College of Law, The American University. During spring 2011, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
His publications include: International Law From Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance; Co-editor on International Law and the Third World: Reshaping Justice; The International Human Rights Movement Today; The Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Rebuilding: A Critical Examination; Lipstick on a Caterpillar? Assessing the New UN Human Rights Council; Pro-Human Rights but Anti-poor? A Critical Evaluation of the Indian Supreme Court from a Social Movement Perspective; Counter-hegemonic International Law: Rethinking Human Rights and Development as a Third World Strategy; The Role of Law in Counter-hegemonic Globalization and Global Legal Pluralism: Lessons from the Narmada Valley struggle in India; International law and Social Movements: Challenges of Theorizing Resistance
He has also published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, El Universal, the Hindu, the World Paper, Yale global online, and the Phnom Penh Post and has been featured on BBC, CNN, NPR, WGBH-Boston, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, several wire services and other media outlets on human rights and international legal issues. He also blogs on current issues of human rights and international law at Huffington Post.http://web.mit.edu/dusp/idg/people/faculty/brajagopal.html