Monday, November 3, 2008


Learning from the past…making a positive social legacy in the future

Presentation and discussion with Claire Mahon
Joint Coordinator of the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Thursday November 13, 2008 10:30-12noon Great Cities Institute 4th Floor, CUPPA Hall 412 S Peoria St.
Claire Mahon is part of an international research team working on the Olympic Games and Housing Rights, coordinated by the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She is also a Research Associate and occasional Senior Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. Mahon is principle author of Fair Play for Housing Rights: Mega-Events, Olympic Games and Housing Rights (Geneva: COHRE, 2007), and Multi-Stakeholder Guidelines for Mega-Events and Housing Rights (Geneva:COHRE, 2007). As part of the research for this project on Mega-events, Olympic Games and Housing Rights, she undertook missions to visit previous Olympic Host Cities, namely Seoul, Atlanta, Barcelona, Athens, Sydney, and London. The research findings were published in 7 separate reports on Housing Rights in Olympic Host Cities.

Ms. Mahon has extensive experience working on human rights with particular attention to monitoring economic, social and cultural rights in the field, and in accessing the UN human rights mechanisms. She has also taught and trained students, diplomats, advocates, field officers, and UN staff in over 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam.

Sponsored by UIC Great Cities Institute, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, Urban Planning and Policy Department, and the Urban and Public Affairs Program.

Please contact Brenda Parker ( or Janet Smith ( if you need assistance or further information about this event.

Janet Smith
Co-Director, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Program
University of Illinois at Chicago
400 S. Peoria St.
Suite 2100 (MC345)
Chicago, Illinois 60607

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