Mr. Kothari is the Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, and is currently a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He also recently received a new mandate from the UN Human Rights Council to inquire into the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.
The lecture will briefly cover the development of the right to adequate housing at the UN and demonstrate how the articulation of this fundamental human right has contributed to the standard setting on forced evictions at the UN. Mr. Kothari will explain his work as the first UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, including the development of the 2008 UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development based Displacement and Evictions. He will give examples of how these standards are being used across the world. The lecture will also cover the continuing grave situation of forced evictions around the world, the many obstacles people and communities are facing when confronted with evictions and strategies to counter evictions.”
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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