A nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, Professor
Williams focuses on the dependency created in low-wage labor relationships, and how the
political rhetoric connecting "dependency" with receipt of welfare has diverted
attention from the structural issues within low-wage labor markets. She has a long and
impressive record as both an academic and a litigator in the areas of unemployment
insurance, Social Security and related welfare programs. 

In recent years, Professor Williams has expanded her work to address issues of global
poverty and the justiciability of social and economic rights. She currently convenes the
International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a group of international
academics, judges and activists working to encourage and develop critical and
transformative thinking about SER and SER-based legal strategies. She is also a
co-director of the law school's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. 

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Williams was an attorney with the
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute for 13 years. She teaches in the area of social
welfare law, civil procedure and federal courts and is involved in the law school's
Legal Skills in Social Context program. In 1994-1995, she was honored by the school as
the Public Interest Distinguished Professor. 

Articles

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The Right to Housing in South Africa: An Evolving Jurisprudence, School of Law Faculty Publications (2014)

This Article focuses on recent South African constitutional and statutory jurisprudence regarding the right to...

 

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The legal construction of poverty: gender, 'work' and the 'social contract', School of Law Faculty Publications (2011)

This Paper attempts to provide a broad thematic framework for discussing critical and sometimes controversial...

 

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The role of courts in the quantitative-implementation of social and economic rights: a comparative study, School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)

A growing number of democratic constitutions entrench social and economic rights (SER), impose affirmative obligations...

 

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Issues and challenges in addressing poverty and legal rights: a comparative United States/South African analysis, School of Law Faculty Publications (2005)

This article gives a comparative examination of poverty reduction strategies in the United States and...

 

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Poverty, wealth and inequality through the lens of globalization: lessons from the United States and Mexico, School of Law Faculty Publications (2001)

This article seeks to expand the U.S. domestic poverty discourse to incorporate cross-border connections of...