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Economics and Human Rights: common ground or continual conflict?

Economics and human rights are two of the largest areas of modern intellectual life yet they seem at polar opposites in our post Cold War society, with economics emphasising efficiency and the optimal use of resources while human rights focuses on the dignity of the individual and the demands of justice and fairness. Is there any common ground between these two big ideas? Must they exhaust themselves in perpetual opposition or are there things that each can sensibly learn from the other?

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights hosts a debate on Economics and Human Rights: common ground or continual conflict? at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 20 November.

Speakers on the panel will be:

  • Professor Timothy Besley, director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at LSE.
  • Geraldine Van Bueren, professor of international human rights law at Queen Mary, University of London and also in the University of Cape Town.
  • Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, an economist and a senior advisor to the Managing Directors Office at the World Bank.

David Gordon, director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol, will chair this event.

Economics and Human Rights: common ground or continual conflict? is on Thursday 20 November at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This event has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE. For more information on the Centre, visit Centre for the Study of Human Rights|

More detailed biogs:
Professor Timothy Besley is director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at LSE. He is also a research fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has published widely and is currently a co-editor of the American Economic Review. He is currently a consultant to HM Treasury.

Geraldine Van Bueren is professor of international human rights law at Queen Mary, University of London and also in the University of Cape Town. She is a barrister in Doughty Street Cambers and a fellow of Goodenough College. She is one of the drafters of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world's most widely ratified human rights treaty, and has acted as a consultant to the United Nations and the Commonwealth.

Alfredo Sfeir-Younis is an economist and a senior advisor to the Managing Directors Office at the World Bank. His work at the World Bank focuses on human rights and the social dimensions of globalisation. Mr Sfeir-Younis has worked on sustainable development and the environment, agricultural and rural development in West Africa, and human rights. He has also made contributions in the areas of poverty eradication, the financing of development, gender and women's issues, and indigenous rights.

17 November 2003

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