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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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11th Floor, Tower 2, 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.
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 operates under the auspices of the Hellenic Parliament to evaluate Greek debt and to 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. The Debt Truth Committee began work on 3 April in Athens. Read Dr Salomon's recent article Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions|.

Asun Lera St Clair
Corporate concern for human rights essential to tackle climate change| The latest Open Global Rights blog from the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy| is by Asuncion Lera St. Clair, Senior Principal Scientist of the Climate Change Program at DNV GL Strategic Research and Innovation and member of the Lab's Sounding Board.
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|

Jane Gordon
Women's Human Rights| - 18 & 19 June 2015.  This original two day course, led by Jane Gordon|, 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. The course size is strictly limited, so early booking is strongly advised.
Hilary Stauffer
Human Rights after Charlie Hebdo|. Visiting Fellow Hilary Stauffer| was recently interviewed by Future Foreign Policy|, a student and graduate led International Affairs think tank, on the challenges in balancing human rights and national security concerns. The interview was prompted by the Charlie Hebdo attacks but explores the issues more broadly. Watch the interview|
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| 
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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)|
Mary McAuley
Human Rights in Russia: citizens and the state from Perestroika to Putin| Wednesday 6 May 2015 6.30pm. Dr Mary McAuley discusses her new book, in which she which analyses the development of human rights activism in Russia – from the emergence of the new organisations in 1991 to the recent political attacks on the community, and its response.  
Ethiopia: Identity Politics, Human Rights and Democratization| 
Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May 2015 This academic conference, featuring papers from scholars from a range disciplines and fields of study, will explore the recurring theoretical and empirical issues that have dominated the Ethiopian political landscape. 
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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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Measuring Business & Human Rights blog (external to LSE Human Rights)





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