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A panel of experts will debate Can Human Rights Survive? in a public event at LSE on Thursday 16 November. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, Gavin Phillipson, King's College London, and Professor William Twining, University College London, will respond to arguments set out by Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, in his latest book Can Human Rights Survive?

The book is a collection of three essays, originally presented as the 2005 Hamlyn Lectures, Conor Gearty considers whether human rights can survive the challenges of the war on terror, the revival of political religion, and the steady erosion of the world's natural resources. Professor Gearty also looks critically at the very meaning of human rights and sets out an agenda for action. But is he right that human rights has lost its intellectual confidence? And if so, is his prescription the right one?

Speaking at this event are:

  • Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty.
  • Gavin Phillipson, Law Department, King's College London.
  • William Twining , Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.
  • Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Can Human Rights Survive? is on Thursday 16 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required


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


Can Human Rights Survive? by Professor Conor Gearty is published by Cambridge University Press. The book:

  • explains the subject of human rights to a general academic audience, appealing to all disciplines and not restricting its reach to any specialisation in particular
  • argues for an approach to human rights that fits well with, rather than is undermined by, our contemporary culture of doubt and uncertainty
  • shows how human rights are an essential tool in keeping the nations of the world civilised in the face of huge pressure from proponents of the 'war on terror'

Press cuttings

BBC Radio Four's The World Tonight
Conor Gearty appeared on yesterday's programme discussing Human Rights.

9 November 2006