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Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

 

Centre for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

 

Director - Dr Margot Salomon

Manager - Zoe Gillard
z.gillard@lse.ac.uk|
+44(0)20 7955 6428

 

 

Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

Situated in LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights and directed by Dr Margot Salomon|, the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (the Lab) probes the challenges posed by the complexities of the global economy and their implications for human well-being. The Lab has been set up to create a dynamic space for research, from the conceptual to the practical and across disciplines, on the myriad places where human rights, fairness and justice intersect with economic globalisation.

Ali Kadri
On 28 October 2014 the Lab hosted the launch of Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment|. Dr Ali Kadri, member of the Lab's Sounding Board, was joined by Professor John Weeks (SOAS) and Dr Jason Hickel (LSE) for a discussion on Kadri's examination of how the Arab world has undergone a process of developmental descent, or ‘de-development’ over the past three decades. Event report by Anthem Press|
 
Begaiym Esenkulova
On 17 October 2014 the Lab hosted a guest seminar, Balancing Human Rights and Investor Protection: Kyrgyzstan’s gold mining sector| by Begaiym Esenkulova of the American University of Central Asia. Esenkulova presented her research on Kyrgyzstan’s investment policy regarding gold mining and the potential to reform it in order to align human rights and investor protection.
 
Asun Lera St Clair
An audio recording| of our panel discussion Human Rights, Globalization and How to Save the World|, which took place on 1 May 2014 and featured contributions from Professor Julio Faundez, Dr Asunción Lera St Clair (pictured), Craig Mokhiber and Dr Margot Salomon, is online.
 
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On 10 April 2014, the Lab's 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.
 
Lepenies
Economists As Political Philosophers: The Neoclassical Vision And Free Trade|. On 14 March 2014, in a Lab seminar, Dr Robert Lepenies from the European University Institute in Florence presented his work to responses from Dr Andrew Lang (LSE) and Professor Leif Wenar (KCL).
 
Panel at UN Business and Human Rights Forum
In December 2013, the Lab's Investment & Human Rights Project| participated in the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. Andrea Saldarriaga| (pictured) moderated a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on Investment and Human Rights and Andrea Shemberg| was a panellist in the discussion on the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to state-owned financial  institutions.
 
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At the UN Forum the Investment and Human Rights Project supported the launch of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' training on the UN Principles for Responsible Contracts integrating human rights risk management into State-Investor contract negotiations. The project team distributed the training materials on USB keys to participants from communities with low bandwidth internet access. Watch a short video introducing the training.|
 
M. Sornarajah
The Lab's first public event  Greed, Humanity and the Neoliberal Retreat in International Law| took place on Thursday 31 October 2013. The event headlined Professor M. Sornarajah, the Lab's inaugural Visiting Professor.
 

 

Rachel Kurian
Open Global Rights: One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation|  by Rachel Kurian, Assistant Professor in the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University and member of the Lab's Sounding Board.  |
 
Ali Kadri
LAB 'views: In the third in our series of interviews with Lab affiliates Dr Ali Kadri| unpacks a complex and violent account of financialisation, militarisation and oil in the Middle East, and explains how human rights and sovereignty over natural resources of disempowered national working classes challenge economic orthodoxy. Dr Kadri is a member of the Lab Sounding Board. Read the interview| (PDF)
 
Eva Pils
Open Global Rights: Where the Emperor can’t enter: rethinking the case for property and housing rights in China|. Eva Pils is Associate Professor, Centre for Rights and Justice, Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and member of the Lab Supper Club.|
 
Krista Schefer
Open Global Rights: Independent and impartial? Re-thinking the adjudication of trade and investment disputes| by Professor Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, professor of international law at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Law and member of the Lab Sounding Board. Over the next two years, Lab members and affiliates will contribute articles on a wide range of human rights themes drawing on their particular expertise. 
 
Louis Karaolis
Open Global Rights: In the second Lab post on the Open Global Rights blog, researcher Louis Karaolis addresses the double European crisis of debt and asylum in A post-modern Greek tragedy - austerity and asylum in times of crisis|.
 
Rachel Kurian
LAB 'views: In the second of our series of interviews with Lab affiliates 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)
 
Margot Salomon
Open Global Rights: The Lab is now a regular contributor to the Open Global Rights blog on Open Democracy. Open Global Rights| is a multilingual, online forum for debating human rights worldwide. In the first blog from the Lab, 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.
 
Olivier DeSchutter 
LAB 'views: In the first of a series of interviews with Lab affiliates, we asked Professor Olivier De Schutter|, as he comes to the end of 6 years as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, what the key concerns are that undermine the exercise of the right to food, how change has taken place, and where we might next put our research energies. Read the Interview| (PDF)
 
Margot Salomon
Lab Director, Dr Margot Salomon, was interviewed by Canada's foreign relations council as part of a series of interviews with Canadians who have made notable contributions to debates on global issues. In 'Where Human Rights Law Meets Globalisation'|  Dr Salomon talks about how globalisation has shaped the concept of human rights, how international organisations and companies can be held accountable for human rights abuses, and how our current system actually undermines development.
 

 

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