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Centre for the Study of Human Rights
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.
Francesca Klug
Are human rights palatable only when they are associated with an ancient English document with minimal legal impact? Are universal values commendable as a benchmark by which to judge the rest of the world, but unacceptable when applied ‘at home’? In A Magna Carta for All Humanity published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Francesca Klug  takes us on a journey through time, exploring such topics as 'British values', 'natural rights', 'enlightenment values' and legal rights'. Join us at the launch on Wednesday 10 June   
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 
Jane Gordon
Women's Human Rights - 18 & 19 June 2015Strictly limited places remaining. This original two day course, led by Jane Gordon and with sessions from Professor Christine Chinkin and others, examines the international human rights law framework that guarantees the rights of women and critically evaluates its potential to challenge the obstacles undermining the effective protection of women’s rights. 
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). 

Chetan Bhatt
On 24 April 2015 Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre Director delivered a  TEDx talk on ‘Visions of a Future without Origin Stories and Identity Myths’ as part of TEDxExeter’s event ‘Taking the Long View’.
A video of the talk will be available online in a few weeks.
On 23 March 2015 Dr Ayça Çubukçu participated in a discussion on the BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking' programme 'Culture Wars: Cosmopolitanism v the Nation State', which investigated the tension between cosmopolitanism and the nation state in Europe.
Listen / download the recording
Woman walking carrying basket on her head
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)
Francesca Klug

Rhetoric and Reality: From Magna Carta to human rights today Wednesday 10 June 2015, 6.30pm This event celebrates the launch of A Magna Carta for all Humanity: homing in on human rights by Francesca Klug and brings Klug together in a public conversation with Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty. 


Missed an event? Download the podcast. Recordings of many of our events are online, including 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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