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Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy


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London School of Economics and Political Science
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Director - Dr Margot Salomon




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.

Andrea Shemberg
On 16 November, the Investment and Human Rights Project (IHRP) at the Centre’s Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights will host a joint session at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. The session will address how States should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPS) in the context of investment policy, drawing on the recent work by the IHRP in Colombia and Indonesia. The UN Panel discussion will bring together representatives from both countries to discuss the current plans for investment policy to be included in their respective National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs. Andrea Shemberg of the IHRP will be on the Panel along with a representative of Rio Tinto. Dante Pesce of the working group will moderate. The UN Annual Forum is a public meeting, but registration is required here
The work of the Lab's Investment & Human Rights Project has informed the latest report of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights to be presented to the Human Rights Council's 29th session, being held from 15 June - 3 July 2015. In its report the UN Working Group draws on the Investment & Human Rights Project's contribution to the World Investment Forum organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development in October 2014. The report also draws from the Project's Learning Hub, including an expert article on the new UNCITRAL rules for transparency in investment arbitration
Margot Salomon
Dr Margot Salomon, Lab Director, 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 Truth Debt Committee began work in Athens in April 2015.
Andrea Shemberg
On 4 March 2015, Andrea Shemberg, co-lead of the Lab's Investment and Human Rights Project, was part of an invited panel of specialists brought together for a Chatham House seminar to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US: TTIP: Shaping the Future of Investor−State Dispute Settlement? 
Andrea Saldarriaga
On 25-27 February 2015, Andrea Saldarriaga, co-lead of the Investment and Human Rights Project, participated in UNCTAD’s Expert Meeting on The Transformation of the International Investment Agreement Regime in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need for reform and identify strategies to help shape a sustainable-development friendly international investment framework.
New research project: Beyond Global Capitalism: Reclaiming the Future of International Law  During 2015, Dr Margot Salomon, Professor John Linarelli and Professor M Sornarajah will conduct collaborative research on the international legal regimes of investment, trade, finance and human rights and the terms on which humanity has been challenged by them. This project is a study of what is in essence the economic violence of international law and the basis for its redemption. More about the Future of International Law research project.
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.
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.
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.
Asun Lera St Clair
Open Global Rights: Corporate concern for human rights essential to tackle climate change 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.
Margot Salomon
In her latest article Of Austerity, Human Rights and International InstitutionsDr Margot Salomon, Lab Director, offers a timely set of arguments as to what is required as matters of law and societal expectation when it comes to having international institutions respect socio-economic rights.
Usha Natarajan
Open Global Rights: Human Rights - help or hindrance to combatting climate change? by Usha Natarajan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the American University in Cairo, and member of the Lab's Sounding Board. 
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's Sounding Board. 
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.