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

Human Rights Public Debate

Date: Tuesday 27 January 2004
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers
: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor Francesca Klug, Andrew Puddephatt
Chair: Lord Justice Sedley

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? Where does democracy fit into all this: if human rights are essential to democracy, is the opposite also the case? How do all these ideas fit together? In this panel discussion, Conor Gearty argues 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 and Andrew Puddephatt.

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, 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.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. 

For further information, contact Joy Whyte on 020 7955 6428 or email j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk|.

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