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The conference was designed to demonstrate how “human rights have the potential to transform economic thinking and policy-making with far-reaching consequences for social justice”.
In the video, Balakrishnan addresses “how this new approach allows for a complex interaction between individual rights, collective rights and collective action, as well as encompasses a legal framework which offers formal mechanisms through which unjust policy can be protested”.
The Carter Center was founded in Atlanta in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to “advance human rights and alleviate human suffering”.
Balakrishnan is the faculty director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She worked at Ford from 1992 to 1995 in the Asia and Pacific program.