Transnational Development Clinic to Host Panel Discussion on Street Vendor Rights
“Street vending provides livelihoods for an increasing number of people worldwide. At the same time, the discourse of modernity is frequently deployed to marginalize vendors, and legal regimes that unreasonably restrict the activities of the informal sector threaten to deprive many vendors of their livelihoods,” said Megan Corrarino ’12, part of a Transnational Development Clinic team that has been working with SEWA on a comparative survey of street vending laws in more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide. The survey will help SEWA and other street vendor representatives advocate for legislation that will advance and protect vendors’ rights to earn a living.
In January, with the support of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School, Corrarino and fellow team members Robby Braun ’11 and Tienmu Ma ’12, along with clinical professors Muneer Ahmad and Laurel Fletcher, conducted a work trip to India, where they met with stakeholders, including vendors, representatives of vendors’ unions, and local officials. The students will present key findings from the trip and their report at the April 7 event.
In addition, panelists Renana Jhabvala (SEWA) and Sean Basinski and Lei Bai (Street Vendor Project, Urban Justice Center) will provide detailed overviews of how laws, street vendor empowerment campaigns, and transnational advocacy efforts affect street vendors in India and New York.