Dr Margot Salomon

Dr Margot Salomon

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

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About me

Margot Salomon is Associate Professor in the Law Department and directs the multidisciplinary Lab (Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy) at LSE Human Rights.  Her research focuses on a range of issues under the broad theme of global economic justice including, legal dimensions of world poverty; development and international; and human rights and economic governance. Drawing inspiration from a variety of disciplines, international political economy and critical development studies among them, and from counter-hegemonic approaches to international law, her scholarship explores the contribution and limits of international (human rights) law, concepts and mechanisms under conditions of globalisation. In October 2018, Dr Salomon became a laureate of a prestigious Belgian (European) Francqui Chair. Her inaugural lecture ‘On the Structure of Suffering: Political Economy, Human Rights and Silent Spaces’ is the first in her series of Francqui Chair lectures on the theme of Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project.  

Dr Salomon has been a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on extreme poverty and human rights (2009) and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund on human rights and economics (2011); Advisor to the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development (2004-2009); and a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008-2012). She was on the Drafting Committee of the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2009-2011) and from 2009-2017 was Vice-Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes. In 2015 she was invited by the Speaker of the Greek Parliament to provide legal advice on socio-economic rights and international conditionality and in 2017-18 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, working on an EU funded project entitled: Legal Rights and the Political Economy of Debt and Austerity in Europe' [read more about this project].

At LSE Dr Salomon currently sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Scholars at Risk Steering Committee. She was a member of the Advisory Board at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights from 2004-2015 (now LSE Human Rights) and in 2014-2015 was Acting Director of the Centre. From 2013-2016 Dr Salomon sat on LSE’s Ethics Policy Committee. Prior to joining LSE in 2004, she was representative to the United Nations and to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights of Minority Rights Group International.

She supervises PhD candidates in areas such as socio-economic rights, global development, globalisation and law, international governance, as well as environmental rights, in particular conceptual and critically-engaged approaches to these subjects, and is happy to consider establishing cross-disciplinary supervisory teams. Dr Salomon convenes the LLM courses World Poverty and Human Rights and Foundations of International Human Rights Law, and the Executive LLM course International Human Rights: Concepts, Law and Practice. She holds a PhD in International Law from LSE, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University College London and an MA in Comparative European Social Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Her BA was received from Concordia University in Montreal.

Administrative support: Gosia Brown

Research interests

Thematic interests include: Poverty, inequality and international law; legal regimes, dispossession and the global economy; rights over natural resources and economic self-determination; democracy and global governance; socio-economic and development rights; the rights of indigenous peoples and peasants; land rights; environmental justice; the UN; international financial institutions; European Union; as well as geographical interests in Africa, Latin America as elsewhere.

Disciplinary inspiration: global economic history; international political economy; economic sociology; critical development studies; and various heterodox approaches to international law.

Research Impact Case Study

External activities

Laureate of the Belgian (European) Francqui Chair (2018-19)

Work on debt, austerity and international law

-  Visiting Scholar, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (2017-18)
-  'Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions' European Law Journal (2015) [working paper available]
-  Legal Advisor to the Speaker of the Greek Parliament (2015)
-  'La Troika e i Diritti Umani' La Repubblica, 4.05.2015
-  Legal Brief with O. De Schutter, 15.06.2015
-  'Die Austeritätspolitik verletzt Menschenrechte' Zeit Online Interview, 20.07.15
-  'Europe’s Debt to Greece' EJIL Talk! 24.08.15

Editorial Board, Edward Elgar Monograph Series on Studies in Human Rights (2014-present).

Lead Author, World Bank Study on the Integration of Human Rights in Development Policies and Programs and its Economic Impact and Implications (Part 1: Human Rights and Economics: Tensions, Synergies and Ways Forward) (2012).

Guest Editor, Global Policy Journal. Special Section on International Law, Human Rights, and the Global Economy: Innovations and Expectations for the 21st Century (2012).

Drafting Committee, Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2009-11).

Vice-Chair, Association of Human Rights Institutes (2009-17).

Advisory Board, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp (2009-present).

Expert Consultant, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN:

- Background Paper on the views of States and other Stakeholders/Conference Rapporteur/Final Report (Technical Review), Draft Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (2009).  (P5) [click here for full text]
- UN Social Forum, Human Rights and the Global Economy (2009).
- UN High-Level Task Force on the Right to Development (2004-09).

Editorial Board, European Yearbook of Human Rights (2009-present).

Associate, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, LSE (2008-present).

Senior Consultant, Ford Foundation, Darfur Initiative Evaluation (2008).

Association of Human Rights Institutes:

-  Member, Working Group on the UN Human Rights Monitoring Machinery. Research Project on the Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform (2008-12)
-  Member, Working Group on Human Rights and Development. Research Project on Human Rights, Peace and Security in EU Foreign Policy (2005-08)

Member, Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Law Association (2008-12).

Visiting Lecturer, UN University, Tokyo (2006).

Teaching

Books

The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (Oxford University Press 2018), (with J Linarelli and M Sornarajah)

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Review:

International Affairs, Volume 94, Issue 6, 1 November 2018, Pages 1463-1464

 


 

Global Responsibility for Human Rights : World Poverty and the Development of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Challenges to the exercise of the basic socio-economic rights of half the global population give rise to some of the most pressing issues today. This timely book focuses on world poverty, providing a systematic exposition of the evolving legal responsibility of the international community of states to cooperate in addressing the structural obstacles that contribute to this injustice. This book analyzes the approach, contribution, and current limitations of the international law of human rights to the manifestations of world poverty, inviting the reader to rethink human rights, and, in particular, the framing of responsibilities that are essential to their contemporary protection

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Reviews:

The Cambridge Law Journal 2008 Vol. 67 (3) pp 656-658

European Journal of International Law 2009 20 (3) 922-923

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2009 29 (4) 827-847

Public Law 2009 (Oct) 866-869  [LSE LOGIN]


 

Casting the Net Wider: Human Rights, Development and New Duty-Bearers (Intersentia, 2007) (ed. with Arne Tostensen and Wouter Vandenhole)

This edited volume brings together scholars and practitioners to address the question as to whether, in our globalised world, the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the South has or should become the duty of actors beyond the state. It explores the role of actors such as transnational business, international financial institutions, supranational organisations and influential states that are involved in or impact on human rights in developing countries. In adopting a ‘responsibilities approach’, it seeks to clarify the nature, content and scope of their contemporary duties.

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Articles and Chapters

Odious Debt, Adverse Creditors, and the Democratic Ideal

Reports / Essays / Opinion Pieces