Sources of Affirmative Rights
Americans look to the U.S. Constitution as the source of all rights, but the document only affirms negative rights. Panelists will discuss specific areas of rights deemed “fundamental” by society and the international community, and how the US Constitution’s negative framing intersects with such societal needs.
Moderator: Alexander A. Reinert, Max Freund Professor of Litigation & Advocacy, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
- Smita Narula: Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University;
- Cynthia Soohoo: Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic (formerly named International Women’s Human Rights Clinic) at the City of New York School of Law;
- Eric Tars: Legal Director, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty; and
- Joshua Weishart: Professor of Law and Policy, West Virginia University, joint appointment in the College of Law and the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.
Reinert, Alexander A.; Narula, Smita; Soohoo, Cynthia; Tars, Eric; Weishart, Joshua; and Law Review, Cardozo, "Sources of Affirmative Rights" (2020). Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. 2.