Professor Davis has written widely on women’s rights, poverty and human rights. In
addition to her numerous articles, she recently co-edited Bringing Human Rights Home, a
three-volume work chronicling the US human rights movement. In 2008, Bringing Human
Rights Home was named one of the “best books in the field of human rights” by the US
Human Rights Network; an abridged version was published in 2009 by the University of
Pennsylvania Press. 

Professor Davis’s book, Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement, received
the Reginald Heber Smith Award for distinguished scholarship on the subject of equal
access to justice, and was also honored by the American Bar Association in its annual
Silver Gavel competition. Recently, she filed an amicus brief arguing for the relevance
of international law in a domestic force feeding case. 

Prior to joining the law faculty in 2002, Professor Davis was vice president and legal
director for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. As a women’s rights practitioner,
she was counsel in a number of cases before the US Supreme Court, including Nguyen v.
INS, a challenge to sex-based citizenship laws that Professor Davis argued before the
court. Professor Davis has also served as a fellow at the Bunting Institute, as the first
Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School and as a Soros
Reproductive Rights Fellow. During 2008-2009, Professor Davis was a visiting fellow at
the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and a non-resident fellow of the Women
and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Articles

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Introduction: framing economic, social, and cultural rights, School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

This paper introduces a Symposium issue of the Northeastern University Law Journal devoted to Framing...

 

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Occupy Wall Street and international human rights, School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

This article employs a human rights lens to examine the extreme economic inequality targeted by...

 

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Human rights and the model rules of professional conduct: intersection and integration, School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)

The American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct nowhere mention human rights as either...

 

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Abortion access in the global marketplace, School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)

In the United States, government funding of legal abortion for low-income women has been uniquely...

 

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A strong need for civil legal assistance, National Law Journal (2013)
 

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Health law hearings offer live case study (with Martine Powers), Boston Globe (2012)