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Mary Robinson to speak at LSE on making human rights work

From Rhetoric to Reality: making human rights work

Wednesday 23 October, 2pm
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street 

In one of her first UK speeches since stepping down as UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Mary Robinson will be talking on the theme of human rights in a lecture at LSE on Wednesday 23 October.

This lecture marks the appointment of Professor Conor Gearty as the new Rausing Director for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

"Human rights is a subject that is finally coming of age" Professor Gearty says. "Once a subject on the margin of many debates but central to none, the concept of human rights now attracts people right across the political spectrum. The idea of human rights seems to many to offer a vital ethical element in a world of conflict, competition and seemingly inexorable globalisation.

"Our ambition for the Centre is that it should become an indispensable part of the international human rights discourse, offering scholarly analysis, practical research, excellent teaching and public outreach on this most important of 21st century themes."

From 1997 to 2002, Mary Robinson focused on seeking to implement the legal framework of human rights commitments made by governments. She is now furthering this work with the Ethical Globalisation Initiative, a new 15 month project aiming both to ensure support for a sustainable movement for ethical globalisation, and to address the need of developing countries to secure adequate resources to build national protection systems in human rights.

The event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. To obtain a ticket, call 020 7955 6100 or email events@lse.ac.uk| 


To obtain a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


Professor Conor Gearty was previously Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College London and a fellow of Emmanuel College. Author of numerous books and articles, mainly on civil liberties, human rights and terrorism, he is also a barrister.

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights provides an independent and neutral forum for policy directed research, teaching and debate. Through its MSc courses, short courses, public lectures and seminars, it brings together scholars, practitioners, journalists and policy-makers from the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

The Centre works in partnership with organisations such as the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Alert and Interrights and many NGOs.

The Ethical Globalisation Initiative is supported by a partnership of three distinguished organizations with a proven record and commitment to addressing challenges facing our unequal world: The Aspen Institute (US), State of the World Forum (US) and the International Council on Human Rights Policy (Switzerland).

17 October 2002