Tara J. Melish is a human rights attorney and legal specialist in the area of economic, social and cultural rights.

She serves as legal advisor to the Center for Justice and International Law, U.N. representative to Mental Disability Rights International, and consultant to a number of organizations wishing to use international procedures for the advancement of human rights. She teaches human rights training courses in many countries, gives frequent lectures on social rights issues in academic and advocacy forums. Melish has written two books, several book chapters, and several journal articles on economic, social and cultural rights.

Last Updated: September 4, 2017

  • Human Rights to Food in Guatemala: From Rhetoric to Reality (Wyland Press, 1997)
  • Protecting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Manual on Presenting Claims (Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School, 2002).
  • "The Inter-American Court of Human Rights," in M. Langford, ed., Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006).