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Public events are a key part of the Centre's activities, providing a critical and scholarly forum for discussion and debate. Through public events, seminars and conferences, the Centre enables scholars, practitioners, journalists and policy makers from the public, private, commercial and non-governmental sectors to examine critical issues in the field of human rights.

Public events are open to all with no ticket or reservation required, unless otherwise stated. Academic and policy-oriented conferences may have restricted access, please check the page for details.


Getting it right on human rights - rights in the age of Brexit and Trump

Speaker: David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby. Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Human Rights
Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: Alumni Theatre, NAB - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields 
Accidental Anarchist: life without government
Speaker: Carne Ross, Founder, Independent Diplomat
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE
Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm  
Venue: NAB.1.04 - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields 


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Global Civil War: Solidarity by Proxy

Speaker: Professor Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Theory, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)
Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation a one-day workshop led by Dr Monika Krause, LSE, on March 31 2017. Participation in the workshop is free to successful applicants and a limited number of limited travel bursaries are available.

Please contact Dr Monika Krause in relation to this event:
Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism
Legal Ordering, Citizenship and Human Rights: The Case of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Speaker: Dr Mazen Masri, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University of London
Discussant: Professor  Yoav Peled, Visiting Professor, The Middle East Centre, LSE
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Date:  Friday 24 March, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Venue: TW2 9.04, (Tower 2, 9th Floor, Room.04)

This event was co-hosted with the Middle East Centre, LSE

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Migrant Deaths at European borders: states' duties to identify and the rights of families to know

Speaker(s):  Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Sociology of Human Rights, LSE, Professor William Schabas, Professor of International  Law, University of Middlesex, Ms Ann Singleton, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol; IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
Chair: Stefanie Grant, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date:  Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.00 pm - 7.30pm
Venue: 32L.G.03

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Vasuki Nesiah
Indebted: Leaning-in to Empowerment

Speaker:  Dr Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice,  New York University (NYU)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: TW2.2.04 (Tower 2, 2nd floor, room 04)

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Is Liberal Democracy Under Threat? 
Speaker(s): Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher, Hope not Hate,  Nick Lowles, Chief Executive, Hope not Hate
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date: Friday 17 March 2017, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Venue: TW2,9.05 (Tower 2, 9th Floor Room 05)
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Efforts to Silence Free Expression in the Gulf: A panel discussion with two of the Gulf’s most articulate and outspoken activists

Speaker(s): Iyad el-Baghdadi, Writer and human rights activist 
Maryam al-Khawaja, human rights activist and co-Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) 
Adam Coogle, Saudi Arabia and Jordan Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Nicholas McGeehan, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates researcher, Human Rights Watch
Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Date: Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: NAB 2.04, (New Academic Building)
Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights

Speaker(s): Radhika Balakrishnan, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University,
Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts
Chair:  Dr Polly Vizard, Associate Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow, CASE
Date: Tuesday 28 February, 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
Venue: 32L.LG.18 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Lower ground, room 18)
The Populist Challenge to Human Rights
Recorded on: 1 December 2016 
Speaker: Professor Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law  
The human rights movement is reeling and the worst is yet to come. Populists have come to power in key countries...
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Chetan Bhatt
Using data to advance dignity: a new approach to measuring the Human Rights performance of countries, and how you can use it in your work
Speaker (s):
 Dr K. Chad Clay, University of Georgia and Anne-Marie Brook, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 13.30 p.m. - 15.30 p.m.
Venue: TW2.9.05 (Tower 2, 9th Floor, room 05)
Registration is required for this event.
A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience

Speaker: George Katrougalos, Alternative Minister for European Affairs - Foreign Ministry, Greece and Professor of Public Law
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics
Discussant: Sarah Paterson, Assistant Professor of Law
Date: Monday 14 November 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB) 

There was live streaming of this event by Livemedia:   
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Five Ideas to Fight For: how our freedom is under threat and why it matters
Speaker: Anthony Lester QC
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House

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Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia: the case for trans-national solidarity
Speaker: Dr Awol Allo, LSE Fellow in Human Rights
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 25 August 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)
All debts are equal?  The law and ethics of sovereign debt restructurings in Greece, Germany and Europe
Speaker: Dr Matthias Goldmann
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon
Date:Thursday 5 May 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: 32L.B.07 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Room B.07)
Solidarity: Call for Specificity
Speaker:Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
Date: Friday 20 May 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Old Theatre, Ground floor, Old Building
Only Half the Story: Legal Protection of  Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee YoungPeople
Speakers: Dr Kathryn Cronin and Baljeet Sandhu
Chair: Dr Jenny Kuper
Date: Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: CLM.3.02 (Clement House)
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Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World
Speaker: Professor Leif Wenar
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon
Date: Tuesday 1 March 2016, 6.30 - 8.00 p.m
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre
Legitimacy and Compliance in the Global Anti-Corruption Business: Corporations as Enforcers of Transnational Criminal Law
Speaker: Dr Radha Ivory 
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon 
Date: Thursday 11 February 2016, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: 32L.B.07 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Basement room 7)
Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey
Speakers: Dr Derya Bayir, Professor David Graeber, Dr Nazan Ustundag (via Skype connection)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
Date:  Wednesday 27 January, 6.30p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Venue: New Academic Building.2.06
Human Rights Defenders and Business
Speakers: Maria Saro-Wiwa, Salil Tripathi, Lynn Carter, Suzanne Spears, Peter Frankental
Chair: Prof Chetan Bhatt
Monday 14 December 2015
Zoe Konstantopoulou
Fighting the Behemoth: law, politics and human rights in times of debt and austerity
Speaker: Zoe Konstantopoulou, former President of the Greek Parliament and politician of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA)
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon
Thursday 10 December 2015
Articles 6 & 7 of the European Convention in Human Rights: Right to a Fair Trial and No Punishment Without Trial.
Speakers:Alison Gerry, Sir Keir Starmer QC, Joel Bennathan QC, and Jago Russell, Fair Trials International
Thursday 22 October 2015
Dushyant Dave
Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in India 
Speaker: Dushyant Dave, Senior Advocate and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of India
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt
Wednesday 21 October 2015
My Escape From North Korea
Speaker: Hyeonseo Lee
Chair: Prof Chetan Bhatt
Friday 16 October 2015
Rhetoric and Reality: From Magna Carta to human rights today
The launch of A Magna Carta for all Humanity: homing in on human rights
Speakers: Shami Chakrabarti & Francesca Klug  Chair: Jane Gordon 
10 June 2015
Presented by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group:
Negritude Decolonization and the Future of the World
Speaker: Professor Gary Wilder Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
26 May 2015
Cover of Human Rights in Russia by Mary McAuley
Human Rights in Russia: citizens and the state from Perestroika to Putin 
Speaker: Dr Mary McAuley Chair: Professor Margot Light
6 May 2015
Francesca Klug
A Magna Carta for All Humanity: homing in on human rights
Part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival
Speaker: Professor Francesca Klug
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty
27 February 2015
Saskia Sassen
Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights
Speakers: Gareth Peirce, Professor Saskia Sassen, Dr Jeanne Theoharis
Chair: Professor Susan Marks
28 January 2015
Dmitri Makarov
Defending Human Rights in Russia
Speakers: Dr Mary McAuley, Dmitri Makarov, Roman Udot
Chair: Margo Picken
21 January 2015