Meeting 6

Meeting 6
Thursday, April 5, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room
Rubenstein Building
(Floor 2, Room 219)
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'The Human Right(s) to Water and Sanitation'

Speaker: Sharmila Murthy

Sharmila Murthy is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, HKS.

This talk will examine the legal and political history of the human right(s) to water and sanitation, explore the impact that these new rights are having on the global community, and address common misconceptions, such as the relationship between human rights and private sector participation.

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More about the presenter, Sharmila Murthy:

Sharmila L. Murthy studies the human rights to water and sanitation and helps lead the Carr Center Right to Water Program Sharmila's work at the Carr Center draws on her prior experiences working on socio-economic rights, international development and on environmental issues. She was a Skadden Fellow at Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, where she focused on housing and consumer rights, and created the Refugee and Immigrant Partnership Project for Legal Empowerment. She then joined Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP to litigate national class action housing cases involving claims of predatory lending, as well as natural resource cases. She still practices law part-time. Prior to graduate school, she also worked for an environmental consulting firm and spent nearly two years working in India in public health and in microfinance.

Sharmila received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2003, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School in 2003, and her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University in 1997. She clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2003-2004). She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in India (1998); Betty Allebach Award for Public Service at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (2003); New Advocate of the Year award by the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services (2006); Article of the Year Award by Nashville Bar Journal (2006); Pegasus Scholarship by American Inns of Court (2009); and Fellow in the Impact Center's Women's Leadership Program (2011). She has also served in leadership roles with several civic and non-profit organizations. She is currently a Steering Committee Member of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.