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Human Rights, Globalisation and How to Save the World


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Speaker(s): Professor Julio Faundez, Dr Asunción Lera St Clair, Craig Mokhiber
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

Recorded on 1 May 2014 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

What should most preoccupy people concerned with the socio-economic state of the world today and its attendant human costs? To which institutions, regions, and issues should we turn our attention? What disciplines and forms of interdisciplinarity might best fill gaps in scholarship? The UN has announced that it will prioritise human rights in the economic sphere: what does it hope to fix?

This panel discussion of LSE’s Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights will bring together three outstanding speakers who together have engaged with a vast range of institutions, worked within a variety of disciplines, and sought through decades of scholarship and practice to confront the challenges and causes of global economic injustice. We have asked them to offer their insights on where we should be putting our energies, and why, if we are going to try to save the world.

Professor Julio Faundez is professor of international economic law at Warwick University specialising in law and development. He has written extensively on law and democracy, legal and judicial reform and has evaluated legal reform projects for the World Bank, DfID and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has advised several national and international agencies on governance and justice reform. He is co-editor-in-chief of Hague Journal on the Rule of Law and editor of the book series Law, Development and Globalization (Routledge). Recent publications include: Law and Development: Critical Concepts (ed.), Routledge, 2012 and International Economic Law, Globalization and Developing Countries (co-editor), Edward Elgar, 2010.

Philosopher and sociologist, Asunción Lera St Clair (@asunstclair) is research director at the International Centre for Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO). St Clair is lead author of the IPCC AR5 for the Working Group II Report, and member of the Joint Programming Initiative Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe. She is member of the Swedish Research Council Climate program; president of the International Development Ethics Association; and sits on a range of editorial boards. Dr St Clair has published widely on climate change, critical poverty studies, development ethics, human rights and global justice, with a particular focus on epistemology and processes of knowledge production. Dr St Clair is a member of the Sounding Board of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy.

Craig Mokhiber is chief of development and economic and social issues branch in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva (@UNrightswire). A lawyer and specialist in international human rights law, policy and methodology, he has served the UN human rights programme since January of 1992 in Geneva, New York, as well as in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Afghanistan. His fieldwork includes dozens of human rights missions in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe and he currently serves as co-chair of the UN Working Group on the Resident Coordinator System. Mokhiber has served on the Secretariat of the World Conference on Human Rights (1993) among many others over 20 years, recently representing the OHCHR in the Rio+20 negotiations in 2012. Craig Mokhiber has lectured and published on a range of human rights themes.

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