This public lecture is part of the Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Colloquium Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, UCHV, and LAPA. Please join us!
Balakrishnan Rajagopal is the Ford International Associate Professor of Law and Development at MIT and director of its Program on Human Rights and Justice. He is author of International Law from below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2003). His current research is in five areas: a) A comparative study of increasing judicial power in democracies and its consequences for the theory and practice of rights, democracy and development. In this project he is studying this shift in Brazil, India and South Africa; b) A research project on the conditions under which socio-economic rights are realized in contested conditions in complex societies. In this project, he is collaborating with India’s largest Dalit (so-called ‘untouchable’) rights group on the rights of women sanitation workers; c) A reinterpretive historical study of international human rights norms of ‘crimes against humanity’ exploring how the powerful position themselves beyond norms of accountability for mass crimes, and a normative argument for treating massive development failures as crimes against humanity; d) a study of displacement including through development-induced displacement caused by large development projects; e) An exploration of how international law has an impact on globalization and multi-level governance, including at the level of cities and countries, in planning and economic development. For more information, see his profile at the International Development Group at MIT.