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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.
MSc Human Rights programme has now closed for applications for 2016 entry

The Call for Expressions of Interest for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships is now CLOSED.
Expressions of interest are now invited from potential postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship. The Centre for the Study of Human Rights welcomes expressions of interest in any international human rights research area. Full details here

Andrea Shemberg
Business and Human Rights
2 day course (4 - 5 July 2016)

This short course on Business and Human Rights has been designed to offer a wide range of professionals an intensive look at two key business and human rights issues: shareholder engagement and activism and access to remedy for business-related human rights harms. The two-day course will explore each of these issues providing the latest research, up-to-the-minute policy developments and will describe some of the more innovative company practices and civil society approaches in both areas. Through a mixture of lecture, role plays and group discussions, this course will offer participants a unique opportunity to engage with the course teachers who are leading professionals from business, multilateral organisations, civil society and academia in the business and human rights field.
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Human Rights Advocacy 
2 day course (NEW DATES: 24 - 25 November 2016)

Please note: Registration is open and you can enrol now. Applications for a subsidised space will also be accepted until further notice. 
This course will provide you with the latest academic analysis of the theory and practice of human rights advocacy. The course considers tools of advocacy: lobbying to change laws and policies, litigation and human rights documentation, social media campaigns, and street protests and demonstrations.  Participants will learn how to select effective advocacy tools and targets, the usefulness (or otherwise) of framing a problem as a human rights issue, the identification of key objectives for change, and the tricky business of measuring success.
Jane Gordon
2 day course (Autumn 2016 date tbc)

Please note: This course has been postponed until the Autumn. However registration is open and you can enrol now. Applications for a subsidised space will also be accepted until further notice.

This unique and original two-day course examines the international human rights law framework that guarantees the rights of women and critically evaluate its potential to challenge core obstacles undermining the effective protection of women’s rights in the world today.
Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College London, delivered a lecture at the LSE on Monday 1 March about his new book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World.  Professor Wenar's book goes behind the headlines in search of the hidden global rule that puts shoppers into business with the men of blood - and discovers an ancient law that once licensed the slave trade, apartheid and genocide. The abolition of this rule marked some of humanity's greatest triumphs - yet the rule zombies on in today's multi-trillion dollar resource trade, enriching tyrants, warlords and terrorists worldwide. The lecture, chaired by Dr Margot Salomon, took place at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House and was followed by a book signing. This talk was jointly hosted by the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights and the KCL Yeo Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law.  Listen to the podcast here
Margot Salomon
LSE REF Impact case study: Respecting, protecting and promoting human rights beyond national borders

LSE produced a case study to map the important work by Dr Margot Salomon over the past several years on socio-economic rights, and duties, beyond borders. The case study is meant to engage a wide audience and highlights the findings in her book on international human rights law and world poverty, her contribution to the drafting of the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and, most recently, her research on austerity in Greece and the responsibility of international creditors. The case study can be found here and the video with commentaries from Zoe Konstantopoulou, former Speaker of the Greek Parliament, and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, can be found here.

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)
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, Basement room 7)
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: The Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building

Missed an event? Download the podcast. Recordings of many of our events are online, including Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World (1 March 2016), Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey (27 January 2016)  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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