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Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Democracy: ideas in conflict or in partnership?

Human rights, democracy and civil liberties are three terms that crop up in almost any kind of contemporary discussion about politics and good governance. But what do these phrases mean? Are civil liberties the same as human rights? Are these terms distinguishable from other ideas, like justice and the rule of law? And where does democracy fit into all this?

Professor Conor Gearty, Professor Francesca Klug and Andrew Puddephatt will consider such issues in a public debate Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Democracy: ideas in conflict or in partnership? on Tuesday 27 January at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Professor Gearty, Rausing Director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, will argue that the idea of civil liberties needs to be rethought and that as a result a fresh approach to human rights needs to be adopted. A response to his analysis will be provided by Francesca Klug, LSE, and Andrew Puddephatt, ARTICLE 19.

  • Professor Conor Gearty is Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE. He is also a barrister and was a founder member of Matrix chambers where he continues to practice.
  • Francesca Klug is professorial research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE, and director of Human Rights Futures, a major project addressing new trends in international human rights law.
  • Andrew Puddephatt is executive director of ARTICLE 19. He is vice chair of International Media Support, a Danish based NGO, and has been director of Charter 88 and general secretary of Liberty.

Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Democracy: ideas in conflict or in partnership? is on Tuesday 27 January 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.

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

21 January 2004

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