Published On: 27 September, 20220.9 min read

EVICT Talk with Leilani Farha – Legal Evictions that are Illegal: the Interface Between International Human Rights and Rental Tenancy Law

September 15th, 2022

Leilani Farha discussed the difference between forced eviction and legal eviction under international human rights law and the norms that adhere to it. Focusing on the ways in which tenants are currently being evicted legally under domestic law, she provided a counter-analysis using international human rights law to expose that these evictions are, in fact, illegal. She considered what must be done to reconcile these competing legal truths.

About the speaker

Ms. Leilani Farha (Canada) served as Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, from May 2014 until April 2020. She is the Global Director of The Shift, the global movement to secure the human right to housing. The principle that housing is a social good, not a commodity, animates her work.

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