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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.
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.
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. 
Hilary Stauffer
'Freedom of expression gives one the right to insult' Hilary Stauffer is defending the motion in the Muslim Debate "The motion at the heart of this debate is a controversial one, and yet I had no doubt when invited to participate that I wanted to defend it. I do believe, wholeheartedly, that the notion of “freedom of expression” intrinsically includes the “right to insult”  Read more and join the debate
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.
Margot Salomon

Dr Margot 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).  The Committee will evaluate Greek debt and address whether parts of it may be deemed illegal, illegitimate or unsustainable. Questions as to the sustainability of the Greek debt would include whether servicing allows for the socio-economic rights of the Greek people to be met and Greece’s international human rights obligations honoured. More about the Debt Truth Committee. Read Dr Salomon's recent article Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions.

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
Francesca Klug

How can those who ask us to celebrate the 800th year of the Magna Carta simultaneously threaten to repeal the Human Rights Act and take steps to withdraw from the ECHR? In two recent conversations with Conor Gearty - a 90 minute event at the LSE Literary Festival and a 5 minute interview - Francesca Klug reflected on the current debate on human rights protection in the UK. Watch the Gearty Grilling    
Watch / listen to the Literary Festival event

Awol Allo
In a recent Gearty Grilling Dr Awol Allo, LSE Fellow in Human Rights, 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 
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)
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Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World, presented by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group Tuesday 26 May 2015, 6pm-7.30pm 
Speaker:  Professor Gary Wilder Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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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