Lecturer in Law Tamar Ezer recently published “Challenging Domestic Injustice through International Human Rights Advocacy: Addressing Homelessness in the United States" in the Cardozo Law Review with Eric Tars, Melanie Ng, David Stuzin, and Conor Arevalo.
The article explores how international human rights norms and procedures can serve as a powerful tool in addressing injustice in the United States context, using work addressing the criminalization of homelessness as a case study. Moreover, it explores how civil and political rights and negative obligations by the government can serve as an entry point for asserting a more robust understanding of rights that includes social and economic rights and affirmative obligations by government. The piece documents and analyzes original work led by the National Homelessness Law Center and other pioneering advocates, reflecting on lessons learned and next steps to make the human right to housing a legal obligation in our country.
Ezer is the associate director with the Human Rights Clinic and the faculty director of the Human Rights Program. Prior to that, Ezer taught and supervised projects at Yale Law School as a Lecturer in Law, Visiting Scholar with the Schell Center for International Human Rights, and Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy.