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London School of Economics and Political Science
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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.  
Awol Allo

In Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial|, on Al Jazeera.com, Dr Awol Allo|, LSE Fellow in Human Rights, details how Muslim leaders in Ethiopia are facing an unjust trial for crimes they did not commit. Denying the charges of trying to attempting to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state, the accused present the prosecution's case as repression resembling the totalitarian perversion of truth and justice of Stalinist and Apartheid regimes.

On 10 April 2014, the Investment & Human Rights Project launched the 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 (LAB)|
The LAB is now a regular contributor to the Open Global Rights| blog on Open Democracy. In Austerity, Human Rights and Europe’s Accountability Gap|, LAB Director Dr Margot Salomon details how a range of actors responsible for austerity measures in Greece is at best ignoring and, at worst, violating socio-economic rights. In A post-modern Greek tragedy: austerity and asylum in times of crisis|, Louis Karaolis addresses the double European crisis of debt and asylum.
The 15th Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutes| (of which we are a member) will take place in Copenhagen 29 - 30 September 2014. The conference, Human Rights Under Pressure: Exploring norms, institutions and policies aims to bring together both junior and senior academics to present the most recent human rights research in the humanities, law, social sciences and other disciplines. The deadline for abstracts, within one of five themes, is 1 May 2014. Call for papers| (PDF)
Rachel Kurian
In the second of our series of interviews with affiliates of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy|, we asked Dr Rachel Kurian to explain the role of 'flexicurity' when it comes to protecting workers, and to consider why austerity has become the dominant response to economic crises in Europe. Read the interview| (PDF)
NEW from LSE Scholars At Risk|: The Reconnect with Research Summer Programme| is an intensive English language course with an academic focus for displaced scholars. The core of the course is a five-day taught programme at LSE  from 23 - 27 June. This is preceded by one week of online preparation and followed by one week to complete and submit an assignment online. Deadline for applications: Noon, Thursday 8 May 2014
Jane Gordon

Understanding Women's Human Rights| - 19 & 20 June, book now. 
Our unique two day course led by Jane Gordon| will examine 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. Deadline for subsidised place applications: 22 May 2014


LSE Human Rights Scholarships for doctoral and MSc Human Rights students
The Frederick Bonnart Braunthal PhD Scholarship| is aimed at combating intolerance and supports research to this end, from any academic discipline. Home/ EU LSE doctoral students in their first or second year in October 2014 who are working in relevant areas are invited to apply. The Sir Siegmund Warburg scholarship| offers Palestinian and Israeli students the opportunity to undertake full-time postgraduate human rights study at LSE.


LSE Human Rights Reference Library hosts the Stan Cohen Collection|. We are honoured to be housing a selection of books, reports, journals and other papers owned by the late Professor Stanley Cohen| and entrusted to the Centre by his family. The wide-ranging collection spans Stan’s interests in deviance, sociology, psychology, criminology, human rights and much more.

Panel discussion from the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy: Human Rights, Globalization and How to Save the World| What should most preoccupy people concerned with the socio-economic state of the world today and its attendant human costs? To which institutions, regions, and issues should we turn our attention? Join our panel of expert scholars and practitioners to consider these and other questions on Thursday 1 May 6.30-8pm.
Save the date: Thursday 12 June 2014  marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Rivonia Trial, the trial which resulted in Nelson Mandela's 27 year incarceration. In Mandela, the Lawyer| we will commemorate Nelson Mandela’s personal commitment to law, the role of law in the making and breaking of apartheid, and the courtroom as a stage for freedom’s greatest orator. Save the date and join us for a unique tribute. This event will be ticketed.

Our remarkable event honouring our friend and colleague Stan Cohen, held on 10 December, UN International Human Rights Day, featured contributions from Stan's friends and colleagues, including Dr Daphna Golan (pictured)
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Missed an event? Download the podcast. Recordings of our many events are online including a video and audio recording of our Human Rights Day celebration of Stan Cohen|, and audio recordings of our panel discussion on Gujarat|, and Karima Bennoune's powerful Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here|. Visit the podcast index| for more.






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