2010 Annual Research to Policy Conference - Making Equal Rights Real

2010 Conference

On Saturday, May 1st, 2010, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) hosted Making Equal Rights Real. The conference was an opportunity for an international group of leading practice, policy and academic experts to present and discuss how people have found creative and effective strategies for ensuring that their national and international legal rights are met. Download the conference Agenda [.pdf] .

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OPENING KEYNOTE: Setting the Stage – National and International Priorities for Ensuring Equal Rights

Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., M.P., Canadian Member of Parliament, Liberal Special Counsel on Human Rights and International Justice, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

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Introduction: Mapping Equal Rights around the World

Jody Heymann, Founding Director, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and Principal Investigator, WORLD Data Centre

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MORNING PANEL: Harnessing the Power of Laws, Constitutions and Conventions for Equal Rights

Michael Stein


Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Cabell Research Professor, William and Mary School of Law.

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Renee Giovarelli


Renee Giovarelli, Director of the Global Centre for Women's Land Rights at the Rural Development Institute, specialized in intra-household and gender issues and customary land law

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Michele Brandt, Director of Interpeace (USA), creator and Director of Interpeace's Constitution Building Programme, and former Director of Asia Foundation's Constitutional Development Programme

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LUNCHEON PANEL 1 - Basic Rights for Basic Needs: Proven Strategies

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Benjamin Sachs, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, specialized in immigration and labour law, and former Joseph Goldstein Fellow at Yale Law School

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Mia Cambronero, Global Campaigner with Avaaz.org, a new global online advocacy community of over 4.6 million members, and former social media coordinator for Organizing for America

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LUNCHEON PANEL 2: The Struggle against Marginalization

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Grace-Edward Galabuzzi, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice

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Samia Bishara-Rizek, Child Safety Program Director, Queen Rania Family and Child Center Manager, Jordan River Foundation

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AFTERNOON PANEL: Rising Voices: Realizing Rights through Participation

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Agnès Callamard, Executive Director of Article 19, an organization working on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and information worldwide Information

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Ann Blyberg, Executive Director, International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP), specialized in budget monitoring for the realization of economic and social rights

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Ian Schuler, Senior Manager of ICT programs at the National Democratic Institute, specialized in applications of technology to advance democracy and human rights

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CLOSING KEYNOTES - Complying with International Commitments: Innovative Strategies for Holding Governments Accountable

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Hon. Landon Pearson, O.C, retired Canadian Senator, former Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and current Director of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights

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Roberto Bissio, Executive Director of the Third World Institute in Uruguay and Coordinator of Social Watch, a global network of citizens' organizations holding governments, the UN system and international organizations accountable for the fulfillment of commitments to eradicate poverty

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Case Studies of Global Innovations, Presented by IHSP's 2010 Policy Fellows

2010 IHSP Fellows
Maya Chivi: The Queen Rania Family and Child Center (QRFCC) of the Jordan River Foundation: A case study of abuse prevention through social and emotional education [.ppt]

Chris Connolly: Scaling up empowerment programs within community-based development practice: Replicating the local role of project facilitators [.ppt]

Sasha Hart: Cameroon's Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group: A model for rural women's empowerment [.ppt]

Catalina Hernandez: Decentralization and civic participation in health care: The case study of Fram, Paraguay [.pdf]

Alexandra Lesnikowski: Raising awareness about sexual health and human rights through civic engagement: The case of Blue Diamond Society and the LGBTI community in Nepal [.ppt]

Mary MacLennan: The impact of legislative framework on the strategies of disability organizations: Case studies in Buenos Aires and Chicago [.ppt]

Maeve O'Neill Trudeau: Helping stigmatized populations: Community-based mental health services and educational prison services in Mzuzu, Malawi [.ppt]

Robyn Wisken: A rights-based approach to sustainable development: The case of Women for Change in rural Zambia [.ppt]