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Bernstein Symposium April 8-9 To Explore Impact of Economic Crisis on Global Development

The recent global economic crisis will have a lasting impact on the efforts of international development organizations and the world’s governments to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in the developing world. While reduced funds for global development initiatives is one immediate consequence of the crisis, there may be other far-reaching consequences as governments and organizations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund evaluate how market-based development strategies impacted developing countries as the crisis unfolded.

This year, the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship Symposium will explore the intersection of human rights and issues in global economic development. The symposium takes place Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9, at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. Titled “The Future of Development: Human Rights and International Aid Beyond the Economic Crisis,” it is free and open to the public.

The symposium keynote will be delivered on Thursday, April 8, at 3 p.m. by New York University Economics Professor William Easterly. Panel discussions on Thursday and Friday will seek to focus the attention of the human rights community on the impact of the financial crisis on existing development efforts and emerging strategies.

The Bernstein Symposium is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. For the complete program, visit the Schell Center website.