Monthly talk series with Dr. Michelle Oren & Prof. Rachelle Alterman

Dr. Oren (Bar-Ilan University), Prof. Alterman (Technion)

The right to adequate housing around the globe

 Oren and Alterman’s recent book chapter presents some of the findings from their worldwide content analysis of clauses pertaining (explicitly) to housing within national constitutions. The chapter analyzes and compares the various forms in which housing rights are articulated in the wording of each constitution.  Then, these are evaluated according to the Adequate Housing CRITERIA set out by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) General Comment No. 4: The Right to Adequate Housing (Art. 11 (1) of the Covenant), that is regarded as the most authoritative international legal interpretation of “adequate housing”.

The purpose of the analysis is to stimulate cross-national discussion of the role of constitutional housing rights in guiding housing law and policy within each country’s legal context.

Oren, Michelle and Alterman, Rachelle, The Right to Adequate Housing Around the Globe: Analysis and Evaluation of National Constitutions (November 24, 2020). Sandeep Agrawal, Ed. 2022. Rights and the city: Problems, progress and practice , Available at SSRN:


Rachelle Alterman is professor emerita (non-retired) of planning and law at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and Senior Researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research.

Dr. Michelle Oren is a postdoctoral fellow at Bar-Ilan University. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “The Constitutional Right to Housing: a public policy approach” completed at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.

About the monthly EVICT talks:

On the third Thursday of every month, we will have a speaker on a topic related to evictions, the right to housing, housing law, the (complex) relation between international law and national law, and/or data science. Each month, we will have a different international speaker (ranging from scholars to practitioners) who will offer fascinating insights into their area of expertise.

For now, the talks will be held online. Each of these talks will begin at 4:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

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December 16th, 2021

  • Location: Online
  • Organised by: EVICT

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