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Centre for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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8th Floor, Tower 3, Clement's Inn


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The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE is a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence for international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on human rights.
Andrew Clapham
Law, War and Human Rights Bookings are now open!

This course examines the laws of war and international criminal law from the perspective of international human rights law. It confronts the crucial questions: are human rights law, the laws of war and international criminal law three distinct disciplines? Have they now become so entwined that it is not possible fully to understand one without some knowledge of the other?
 
Andrea Shemberg

On 16 November, the Investment and Human Rights Project (IHRP) at the Centre’s Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights hosted a joint session at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. The session addressed how States should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPS) in the context of investment policy, drawing on the recent work by the IHRP in Colombia and Indonesia. The UN Panel discussion brought together representatives from both countries to discuss the current plans for investment policy to be included in their respective National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs. Andrea Shemberg of the IHRP participated on the Panel along with a representative of Rio Tinto. Dante Pesce of the working group moderated. The UN Annual Forum is a public meeting, but registration was required here

 

 
Andrea Saldarriaga
Does Europe need a new investment policy? What should be the underlying values and objectives of that policy? On 19 June 2015, Andrea Saldarriaga addressed these questions at a seminar organised by the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union on the 'Treatment of EU investors in the Single Market'. Her remarks pointed to the need to construct a European investment policy reflective of Europe's values of transparency, democracy and respect for human rights. Read the remarks on the Investment and Human Rights Learning Hub
 
Margot Salomon

15 June 2015: Legal brief prepared by Dr Margot Salomon and Professor Olivier De Schutter for the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament points to the responsibilities of the Eurozone states, EC, ECB, Council, EU states, IMF member states and IMF for the human rights impacts of economic conditionality. Read the legal brief (PDF)

 
Chetan Bhatt

Some say origin stories give people a sense of belonging, but in his TEDx talk Professor Chetan Bhatt dares us to refuse them. Instead we should develop a deeper sense of personhood, responsible to humanity as a whole. Chetan delivered ‘Visions of a Future without Origin Stories and Identity Myths’ as part of TEDxExeter’s event ‘Taking the Long View’. Watch the video 

 
Awol Allo
Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia - in a recent post on Al Jazeera America, Dr Awol Allo argues that blanket US support for the Ethiopian regime risks dismantling the country’s already beleaguered opposition. In a recent Gearty Grilling  Dr Allo discussed the courtroom as a method of resistance, the current political climate in Ethiopia, and his own activism. He highlighted the central themes of his forthcoming edited volume The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial (Ashgate, 2015). Watch the Interview 
 
Margot Salomon

Linking the Troika to social rights violations in Europe, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica draws on the recent work of Dr Margot SalomonOf Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutionswhere she ‘exposes a series of black holes when it comes to establishing responsibility for the violation of human rights’.  Dr Salomon was invited by the Speaker of the Greek Parliament to join the Special Committee of the Hellenic Parliament for the Audit of the Greek Debt (Debt Truth Committee). 

 
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Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub: where users can explore the connections between investment and human rights, find relevant resources in the toolboxes, watch learning videos and read expert articles on a range of investment and human rights themes. The Investment & Human Rights Project is an initiative of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (The Lab)
 
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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
 
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Contempory Forms of Statelessness: The Intersection between the Lack of a Recognised Nationality, Human Rights, Inequality and Development

Speakers: Bronwen Manby and Amal de Chickera
Chair: Stefanie Grant
Date: Monday 8 February 2016, 2.00 - 4.00 p. m.

 
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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)

 
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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 p.m. - 8.00 p.m
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre

 

Missed an event? Download the podcast. Recordings of many of our events are online, including My Escape From North Korea (16 October 2015) A Magna Carta for All Humanity: homing in on human rights (27 February 2015)  Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights (28 January 2015) and Defending Human Rights in Russia (21 January 2015).
For a full list of recordings visit the podcast index.

 

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