IHRP students assist in research for UN Special Rapporteur report on the human rights impact of financialization of housing

March 2, 2017

University of Toronto law students Karlson Leung and Faye Williams assisted United Nations Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha in researching her annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context.  The theme of the report is the financialization of housing and its impact on human rights, in particular the right to adequate housing. Karlson (a 2L student) and Faye (a JD/MGA student) attended the 34th session of the United National Human Rights Council on March 1, 2017 in Geneva for the official presentation of the report. The Special Rapporteur called for a paradigm shift away from prioritizing financial interests by treating housing as a commodity to prioritizing housing as a fundamental human right. 

Please find a link to the report (A/HRC/34/51) below: