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Rights and the Humanities: The Duke Human Rights Center and Franklin Humanities Institute Annual Lecture

Monday, February 25
4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4

Join us on Monday, February 25 for the Duke Human Rights Center and Franklin Humanities Institute Annual Lecture: Access to Safe Water: A Human Rights and Civil Rights Perspective, presented by Sharmila L. Murthy.

Most Americans expect that clean and affordable water will be available from their taps at all times. However, an increasing number of people in the U.S. now realize that access to safe water cannot be taken for granted. This problem has been a long-standing challenge in developing countries, prompting consideration of water as a human right under international law. This lecture will chart the rise of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation under international law and explore how access to water has become a critical environmental and civil rights issue in the U.S. The talk will also discuss strategies that communities both here and abroad are using to advocate for access to safe and affordable water.

Sharmila L. Murthy is an Associate Professor at Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches and writes on issues of property law, environmental law, international environmental law, poverty, and human rights.  Previously, Professor Murthy was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she served as the lead investigator for water for the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development through the Sustainability Science Program. She also co-founded the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program as a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. In addition, Professor Murthy has taught as part of the Water Diplomacy Workshop since 2013. In 2014, Professor Murthy was selected as a finalist for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.



February 25, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute
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Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911