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Budget Decisions and Economic and Social Rights

International Conference

Date: 14-15 November 2009
Venue: Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

This conference on ‘Economic and Social Rights and Budget Decisions’ links with ongoing international efforts to develop and deepen the relationship between economic analysis and the assessment of human rights compliance.  The aim of the conference is to bring together people who are doing work on monitoring state compliance with ESR obligations – with a particular focus on budget work. The conference will be international in focus, with presenters including UN experts, internationally renowned scholars and civil society practitioners.  Drawing on the expertise of participants with backgrounds in law, human rights, economics and development, this multidisciplinary event will enable practitioners and academics to share insights and experiences in order to expand and strengthen the research on budget decisions and ESR.  

This conference forms part of a two-year research project on ‘Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland’,which is being undertaken by a number of members of the Human Rights Centre, School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast.

Confirmed speakers include:

Miloon Kothari (Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing)
Ann Blyberg (Executive Director, International Human Rights Internship Program, Washington DC)
Diane Elson (Human Rights Centre, University of Essex)
Martin Sigal (Director, Civil Association for Equality and Justice, Argentina)
Lucy Royal Dawson (Equal in Rights).
Ignacio Saiz (Centre for Economic and Social Rights)

Provisional topics include

  • Conceptual issues – Linking ESR Obligations with Budget Analysis
  • Tracking Allocations and Expenditure
  • Budget Analysis and Macro Economics
  • Group-specific Budget Work 
  • Budget Work and Litigation
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Frontloading
  • Indicators


Below are a selection of the presentations given at the conference.

International Conference Bursary/Fee Waiver Application Form
Ann Blyberg - "The Importance of Human Rights Budget Work"
Budget Analysis and the Advancement of ESR in Northern Ireland - "Budget Obligations in the ICESCR"
International Conference Registration Form
Ignacio Saiz - "Rights or Privileges: The Fiscal Commitment to Health, Education and Food in Guatemala"
Enakshi Ganguly - "Budgets for Children in India"
Pravasa Mishra - "Social Sector Spending in the Context of Fiscal Reform" 
Edewede Kadiri - "Nigerian experiences in Linking Economic and Social Rights with Gender Budget Analysis"
IDASA - Budget work for the Economic Governance Programme
Diane Elson - "Why MES with Human Rights. Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights"
Sheila Quinn – “ Gender Budgeting : New Strategy or GM Enhanced?"

For more information on the Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland project please visit our website at:

If you wish to register please complete the registration form complete with payment details or alternatively a cheque made payable to ‘School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast’ and post or email to Jennie Finlay (

Lucy Royal-Dawson - "Global Initiative on Frontloading and Costing Human Rights"
Miloon Kothari - Keynote Speech

Postal Address:  School of Law,
Queen’s University Belfast,
28 University Square
Co Antrim,
BT7 1NN,
Northern Ireland