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LSE Human Rights events

Lectures and seminars

Public events are a key part of LSE Human Rights' activities, providing a critical and scholarly forum for discussion and debate. Through public events, seminars and conferences, LSE Human Rights enables scholars, practitioners, journalists and policy makers from the public, private, commercial and non-governmental sectors to examine critical issues in the field of human rights.

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Upcoming events:

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The Rights of Aliens Under International Law: towards a critical history
Annual Human Rights Day Lecture

Monday 2 December 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Antony Anghie (University of Utah)
Chair: Dr Ayça Cubucku (LSE) 

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Past events 2018/2019


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Rethinking Human Rights: a southern response to western critics

Hosted with the Department of Sociology

Wednesday 22nd May

Speaker: Muthoni Wanyeki (Open Society Foundations)
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby (LSE)

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Internationale Blues: revolutionary pessimism and the politics of solidarity

Hosted with the Department of Sociology

Friday 17 May 2019

Speaker: Professor Robin D G Kelley (UCLA)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu  (LSE)

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Workshop: The Knowledge of Human Rights

Hosted with the Department of Sociology

Friday 22 March 2019

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Human Rights Knowledges: A Pluralist and Legal Realist View

Hosted with the Department of Sociology

Thursday 21 March 2019

Speaker: Professor Richard A. Wilson (UConn School of Law)
Chair: Dr Monika Krause (LSE)

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Law in a World of Struggle

Hosted with the Department of Law.

Thursday 7 March 2019

Speaker: Professor David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)
Chair: Professor Gerry Simpson (LSE)

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For the Love of Humanity: the World Tribunal on Iraq

Hosted with the Department of Sociology 

Thursday 4 October 2018

Speakers: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE), Professor David Graeber (LSE), Haifa Zangana, Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary), Dr Tor Krever (Warwick), and Dr Lori Allen (SOAS)
Chair: Professor Tarak Barkawi (LSE)

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Bronwen Manby

Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Hosted with LSE Human Rights, LSE Middle East Centre and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE 

Thursday 15 November 2018

Speaker: Dr Bronwen Manby (LSE)
Respondents: Dr Chaloka Beyani (LSE), Professor Nic Cheeseman (Birmingham)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

Past events 2017/18

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15 Years for the War on Iraq: its aftermath and manifestations in the Iraqi society

Thursday 17 May 2018

Speaker: Professor Nadje al-Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS) and Professor Toby Dodge (LSE Middle East Centre)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE

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The Human Right to Dominate

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Speaker: Professor Neve Gordon, Professor of International Law at Queen Mary University London
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE

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Radha Ivory

The Glocal Governance of Transgression: Corruption Rules Beyond the State and the Problems of Transnational Criminal Law

Monday 12 February 2018

Speaker: Dr Radha Ivory, Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland
Chair: Dr Ian Patel, BJS LSE Fellow, LSE Human Rights

Samuel Moyn

Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Speaker: Professor Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Yale University
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE

Francesca Klug

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: rejuvenate or retire?

Monday 5 February 2018

Speaker: Francesca Klug OBE, Visiting Professor, LSE Human Rights
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, LSE, former Director, LSE Human Rights

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Pierre Krähenbühl

International Human Rights Day Lecture

Monday 4 December 2017 

Speaker: Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, LSE Human Rights 

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Carne Ross

Accidental Anarchist: life without government

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Speaker: Carne Ross, Founder, Independent Diplomat
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE

David Mepham

Getting it right on human rights - rights in the age of Brexit and Trump

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Speaker: David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby. Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Human Rights

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Past events 2016/17

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Global Civil War: Solidarity by Proxy

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm

Speaker: Professor Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Theory, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights

Monika Krause

Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation

Friday March 31 2017

A one-day workshop led by Dr Monika Krause. Participation in the workshop is free to successful applicants and a limited number of limited travel bursaries are available.

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Legal Ordering, Citizenship and Human Rights: The Case of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Hosted with the Middle East Centre, LSE

Speaker: Dr Mazen Masri, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University of London
Discussant: Professor  Yoav Peled, Visiting Professor, The Middle East Centre, LSE
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE

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Migrant Deaths at European borders: states' duties to identify and the rights of families to know

Wednesday 22 March 2017

SpeakersDr Claire Moon (LSE), Professor William Schabas (University of Middlesex) Ms Ann Singleton (University of Bristol; IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre)
Chair: Stefanie Grant (LSE)

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Vasuki Nesiah

Indebted: Leaning-in to Empowerment

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Speaker: Dr Vasuki Nesiah (NYU)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE) 

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Is Liberal Democracy Under Threat? 

Friday 17 March 2017

Speakers: Joe Mulhall (Hope not Hate) Nick Lowles (Hope not Hate)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

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Efforts to Silence Free Expression in the Gulf: A panel discussion with two of the Gulf’s most articulate and outspoken activists

Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Speakers: Iyad el-Baghdadi, Writer and human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja (Gulf Center for Human Rights, GCHR), Adam Coogle (Human Rights Watch), Nicholas McGeehan (Human Rights Watch)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

Radhika Balakrishnan

Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights

Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Speakers: Radhika Balakrishnan (Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University) Diane Elson (University of Essex), James Heintz (University of Massachusetts)
Chair:  Dr Polly Vizard (CASE)

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The Populist Challenge to Human Rights

Thursay 1 December 2016 

Speaker: Professor Philip Alston (NYU)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

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Chetan Bhatt

Using data to advance dignity: a new approach to measuring the Human Rights performance of countries, and how you can use it in your work

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Speakers: Dr K. Chad Clay (University of Georgia), Anne-Marie Brook (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

George Katrougalos

A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience

Monday 14 November 2016

Speaker: George Katrougalos, Alternative Minister for European Affairs - Foreign Ministry, Greece and Professor of Public Law
Discussant: Sarah Paterson (LSE)
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone (LSE)

There was live streaming of this event by Livemedia: http://www.livemedia.gr/katrougalos

Lord Lester

Five Ideas to Fight For: how our freedom is under threat and why it matters

Thursday 20 October 2016

Speaker: Anthony Lester QC
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE)

Dr Awol Allo

Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia: the case for trans-national solidarity

Thursday 25 August 2016

Speaker: Dr Awol Allo (LSE)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE)

Podcasts

2019

Rethinking Human Rights: a southern response to western critics
22 May 2019
Speaker: Dr Muthoni Wanyeki, Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby

Listen

Internationale Blues: revolutionary pessimism and the politics of solidarity
17 May 2019
Speakers: Professor Robin Kelley, Chair:Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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2018

For the Love of Humanity: the World Tribunal on Iraq
4 October 2018
Speakers: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Professor David Graeber, Haifa Zangana, Professor Kimberly Hutchings, Dr Tor Krever, and Dr Lori Allen, Chair: Professor Tarak Barkawi

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HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship
2 July 2018
Speaker: Professor Nadine Strossen, Jodie Ginsberg and Dr Joanna Williams

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15 Years for the War on Iraq: its aftermath and manifestations in the Iraqi society - 17 May 2018
Speaker: Professor Nadje al-Ali and Professor Toby Dodge, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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The Human Right to Dominate
15 May 2018
Speaker: Professor Neve Gordon, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: rejuvenate or retire?
5 February 2018
Speaker: Francesca Klug OBE, Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

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2017

The Human Cost of Conflict: the search for dignity and rights of Palestine refugees
4 December 2017
Speaker: Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

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Getting it right on human rights - rights in the age of Brexit and Trump
11 October 2017
Speaker: David Mepham, Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby

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Global Civil War: solidarity by proxy
Speaker: Professor Susan Buck-Morss, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
25 April 2017

Listen 

Video 

Legal Ordering, Citizenship and Human Rights: the case of the Palestinian citizens of Israel
24 March 2017
Speaker: Dr Mazen Masri, Discussant:Prof Yoav Peled, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Listen 

Migrant Deaths at European Borders: states' duties to identify and the rights of families to know
22 March 2017
Speakers: Prof William Schabas, Ms Ann Singleton, Chair: Stefanie Grant

Listen

Indebted: Leaning in to empowerment
21 March 2017
Speaker: Dr Vasuki Nesiah, Chair:Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Listen

2016

The Populist Challenge to Human Rights
1 December 2016
Speaker: Prof Philip Alston, Chair: Prof Chetan Bhatt

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Five Ideas to Fight For: How our freedom is under threat and why it matters
20 October 2016
Speaker: Anthony Lester QC, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu 

Listen

Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia: the case for trans-national solidarity
25 August 2016
Speaker: Dr Awol Allo, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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Only Half the Story: legal protection of unaccompanied migrant and refugee young people
15 March 2016
Speakers: Dr Kathryn Cronin, Baljeet Sandhu, Chair: Dr Jenny Kuper

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Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World
1 March 2016
Speaker: Prof Leif Wenar, Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

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Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in
Contemporary Turkey
27 January 2016
Speakers: Dr Derya Bayir, Prof David Graeber, Dr Nazan Ustundag, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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2015

Fighting the Behemoth: Law, politics and human rights in times of debt and
austerity
10 December 2015
Speaker: Zoe Konstantopoulou, Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

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My Escape From North Korea
16 October 2015
Speaker: Hyeonseo Lee, Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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Rhetoric and Reality: from Magna Carta to human rights today
10 June 2015
Speakers: Shami Chakrabarti & Francesca Klug, Chair: Jane Gordon

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A Magna Carta for All Humanity: homing in on human rights
27 February 2015
Speaker: Francesca Klug, Chair: Conor Gearty

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Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights
28 January 2015
Speakers: Gareth Peirce; Professor Saskia Sassen: Professor Jeanne Theoharis, Chair: Professor Susan Marks

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Defending Human Rights in Russia
21 January 2015
Speakers: Mary McAuley; Dmitri Makarov; Roman Udot, Chair: Margo Picken

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2014

Ebola, Peace and Security
10 November 2014
Speaker: Karin Landgren, Chair: Trish HIddleston

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Mandela, The Lawyer 
12 June 2014
Speakers: George Bizos, Professor Catherine M. Cole, Professor David Dyzenhaus, Lord Joel Joffe, Dr Jens Meierhenrich, Introduction: Professor Stuart Corbridge, Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

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No Part in Warfare: UN Response to Attacks on Schools and Hospitals 
9 June 2014
Speaker: Leila Zerrougui, Chair: Dr Jenny Kuper

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Human Rights, Globalization and How to Save the World
1 May 2014
Speakers: Professor Julio Faundez, Dr Asunción Lera St Clair, Craig Mokhiber, Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

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Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism: some lessons from modern Indian history
3 April 2014
Speaker: Professor Partha Chatterjee, Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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Gujarat: Human Rights Violations, Impunity and the Indian General Elections 
19 February 2014
Speakers: Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Carla Ferstman, Suresh Grover, Dr Biju Mathew, Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: A Critical Perspective
16 January 2014
Speaker: Dr Omar Nashabe, Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

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2013

From Moral Panics to States of Denial: a celebration of the life and work of Stan Cohen
10 December 2013
Speakers: Professor Robin Cohen, Professor David Downes, Daphna Golan, Thomas Hammarberg, Professor Harvey Molotch, Chair: Margo Picken

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'Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here' The Human Rights Struggle Against Muslim Fundamentalism
23 October 2013
Speaker: Professor Karima Bennoune, Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

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What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?
1 October 2013
Speakers: Martin Howe QC, Professor Philip Leach, Caroline Lucas MP, Professor Alan Sked,  Emily Thornberry MP, Chair: Professor Francesca Klug

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What's happening in Turkey? Reflections on an uprising
26 June 2013
Speakers: Derya Bayir; Ayça Çubukçu; Zeynep Gambetti; Özlem Köksal, Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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Sri Lanka and the culture of impunity: human rights challenges in a post-war and post-conflict environment
20 June 2013
Speakers: Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu; Asanga Welikala; Uvindu Kurukulasuriya, Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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The End of Impunity for Violence Against Women? The Istanbul Convention in Europe
7 March 2013
Speakers: Louise de Sousa; Elda Moreno; Pragna Patel, Chair: Christine Chinkin

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The Power of Literature and Human Rights
2 March 2013
Speakers: Gabriella Ambrosio; Marina Nemat; Vered Cohen-Barzilay, Chair: Susan Marks

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Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech: What International Human Rights Law Says
15 February 2013
Speaker: Navi Pillay, Chair: Chaloka Beyani

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The Global Theft of Land: human rights, dispossession and destruction
6 February 2013
Speakers: Megan MacInnes; Fred Pearce; Subir Sinha. Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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2012

Putting Rights Back Together Again
6 December 2012
Speaker: Salil Shetty, Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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The Stateless Citizen: Irregular Migration and Cosmopolitan Citizenship
6 November 2012
Speakers: Andreas Kalyvas and Ayça Çubukçu; Chair Chetan Bhatt

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2011

State Violence and the Responsibility to Protect
15 November 2011
Speakers: Dr Chaloka Beyani, Cllr Ignacio Llanos, Professor Sir Adam Roberts

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Migrants and Intellectual life
13 July 2011
Speakers: Sir Harry Kroto, Philippe Sands QC, Mike Phillips, Gita Saghal.

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The Virtues of Violence and the Art of Terror
23 March 2012
Speaker:Professor Chetan Bhatt

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Climate Change needs Climate Justice
10 March 2011
Speaker: Mary Robinson

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Representing Atrocity: distant suffering and the politics of pity 
16 February 2011
Speakers: Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Stjepan Mestrovic, Dr Irene Bruna Seu

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2010

European Democracies and Human Rights: From present failures to future protection
9 December 2010
Speakers: Thomas Hammarberg, Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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Impunity in Cambodia
18 November 2010
Speakers: Brad Adams, Margo Picken, Simon Taylor, Chair: Chaloka Beyani

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Seeking Justice for Crimes Against Humanity: The case of Argentina
4 November 2010
Speakers: Judge Sergio Torres, Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

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2009

Human Rights in the 21st Century
29 October 2009
Speakers:Professor Noam Chomsky, Chair: Sir Howard Davies

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Human Rights after Darwin: Is a general theory of human rights now possible? 
7 May 2009
Speakers: Professor Conor Gearty, Chair: Dr Sigrid Rausing

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2008

Human Rights Day Event: The Right of Rights 1948-2008
4 December 2008
Speakers: Shami Chakrabarti, Jonathan Cooper, Professor Conor Gearty, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC Professor Francesca Klug, Professor Peter Townsend, Chair: Professor Laurie Taylor

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The International Criminal Court ten years on: An appraisal
7 October 2008
Speakers: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Chair: Professor Gerry Simpson

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Religious faith and human rights
1 May 2008
Speakers: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

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2007

Human Rights Day Lecture 2007- Human Rights in the 21st Century: Problems and prospects
6 December 2007
Speakers: Kenneth Roth, Chair: Dorothy Q Thomas

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Iraq and the law: what went wrong?
14 November 2007
Speakers: Rabinder Singh QC, Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

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Field Notes: Human rights defenders speak
6 November 2007
Speakers: Mandira Sharma; Arnold Tsunga, Sam Zia-Zarifi, Tiseke Kasambala Dr Jenny Kuper

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Marking a new era for equality and human rights in Britain
25 October 2007
Speakers:Trevor Phillips, Francesca Klug OBE, Baroness Jane Campbell DBE, Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

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The challenges of development and environmental sustainability in Africa: the case of Rwanda
4 October 2007
Speakers:His Excellency Paul Kagame and Professor Conor Gearty (chair)

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