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Hernán Santa Cruz Dialogue Series: December 2022


12 December 2022


12:00 - 1:30pm Minnesota/Costa Rica, 1:00pm - 2:30pm Boston, 3:00pm - 4:30pm Chile, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Geneva




Human Rights Economies: The Role of Local Governments

The Hernán Santa Cruz Dialogues series brings together scholars, economists, politicians, members of civil society in conversation around the importance of a Human Rights Enhancing Economy Themes including environmental sustainability, gender justice, corporate accountability, and subnational actors

The theme for the December webinar is “Human Rights Economies: The Role of Local Governments”. Although the human rights field traditionally focuses on the obligations of national governments, subnational governments have a critical role in terms of the respect, protection, and fulfilment of economic, social, and cultural rights. This conversation with diverse experts from across the Americas will explore the role that local governments can or should have in advancing economic policies that enhance and protect human rights.

This is the final instalment of the 2022 Hernan Santa Cruz Dialogue series exploring understudied collective action strategies and emerging approaches to social and economic justice. The first event focused on economic, social, and cultural rights in transitioning to a sustainable society and the second on the role of business enterprises, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Soledad García Muñoz, Inter-American Commission Human Rights
  • Emily Mathiessen, FIAN International
  • Esteban Szmulewicz, Leiden University
  • Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Ramon Cadena, Human Rights Defender (Guatemala)


  • Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Mihir Kanade, University of Peace
  • Amanda Lyons, University of Minnesota Law School

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