Basak will be giving two papers in New York next week.
On 11-12 October, Basak will present a paper on ‘enforcement’ at the Workshop on Strategic Litigation under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP- ICESCR) . The recent adoption of the Optional Protocol to ICESCR means that it is important to support domestic cases that could be potentially taken forward under the new complaint mechanism, to generate positive precedents and direct attention to the process. The initiative aims to “enhance collaborative efforts and shared strategies in the use of the OP-ICESCR, support organisations in countries that have ratified the OP-ICESCR to begin bringing cases forward, and provide assistance and promote collaboration in the development of strategies and arguments.” The Workshop is jointly organised by ESCR-Net, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, the Social Rights Advocacy Centre, and the NGO Coalition for an OP- ICESCR. Basak’s contribution will form part of an expert commentary book on the OP-ICESCR. You can read more about the conference here.
On 15-16 October, Basak will participate in a Conference on the Domestic Consequences of International Human Rights Treaty Ratification, convened by Ryan Goodman (NYU School of Law) and Beth Simmons (Harvard Government Department). Basak’s paper is titled ‘Bringing the Elites back in: The ideational Mechanism for Compliance with the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights’, and aims to identify which ideas make compliance with human rights judgments more or less likely, and what the ideational roots for backlash against human rights courts and judgments are.