The Question of Housing, Human Rights and Mega-Events

Claire Mahon

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Tuesday 11 November 2008
1:00-2:15 pm, Room 180 Science Hall, 550 North Park Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison

You are invited to this newly announced lecture, which is part of GEOG/URPL 305 (Introduction to the City) but open to all members of the UW-Madison community.

Claire Mahon is an international human rights lawyer based in Geneva, Switzerland. She is the joint Coordinator of the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a Research Associate and occasional Senior Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Institut de hautes études internationales et du dévelopement) Geneva.

Ms. Mahon, is the principal author of the report Fair Play for Housing Rights: Mega-Events, Olympic Games and Housing Rights and the Multi-Stakeholder Guidelines on Mega-Events and Housing Rights, published by the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) last year. As part of the COHRE project, she undertook missions to visit previous Olympic Host Cities, namely Seoul, Atlanta, Barcelona, Athens, Sydney, and London. The reports, which are freely available here, received substantial international media coverage and are now being used as a basis to frame debates in future mega-event host cities (e.g., in relation to the bid for Chicago 2016).