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Using Data to Advance Dignity: Measuring Human Rights Performance of Countries

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, Room A712, New York, NY 10011

Using Data to Advance DignityA new approach to measuring the Human Rights performance of countries, and how you can use it in your work

There is a robust debate in human rights circles about the merits of quantitative measures of human rights at the country-level. Unfortunately, existing measures of Civil and Political Rights are piecemeal and of varying quality. Please join Dr K. Chad Clay, Dr Susan Randolph and Anne-Marie Brook in a thought-provoking discussion about how we can reinvent the way country-level Human Rights data are produced and used, in order to inspire more ethical behavior by states and other actors.  This seminar will involve an introduction to the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), seek feedback on its emerging methodology, and actively engage participants in a discussion about how these new measures of human rights can be beneficial for your own work.

About the speakers:

Dr K. Chad Clay is an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia. Chad’s work focuses primarily on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development. He is actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices and was a co-director of the (now archived) CIRI Human Rights Data Project.

Dr Susan Randolph is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative - which created and publishes a suite of measures of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, based on socio-economic data from international databases. Her most recent book, "Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights" with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer won the 2016 best book of the year award from the American Political Science Association's Human Rights Section.

Anne-Marie Brook is a former OECD economist turned social entrepreneur. She is currently leading the Human Rights Measurement Initiative at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, an independent not-for-profit research institute based in Wellington, New Zealand.

This panel is chaired by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr from the Graduate Program in International Affairs.

Presented by Milano School of International AffairsSchools of Public Engagement 



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