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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.


A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience

Speaker: George Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security, 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) 




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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

A book signing was hosted after the lecture.
Awol Allo
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