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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.

Upcoming events

Francesca Klug

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

Speaker: Francesca Klug OBE, Visiting Professor, LSE Human Rights
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, LSE, former Director, LSE Human Rights
Date: Monday 5 February 2018, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm  
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street

Samuel Moyn

Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom

Speaker: Professor Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Yale University
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE
Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018, 6.30 pm - 8. 00 pm
Venue: TW1.G.01 (Tower 1, Ground Floor)

Radha Ivory

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

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
Date: Monday 12 February 2018, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: NAB.1.04 - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields

Past events 2017/18

Pierre Krähenbühl

International Human Rights Day Lecture

Speaker: Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, LSE Human Rights
Date: Monday 4 December 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm  
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre,  New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields 

Carne Ross

Accidental Anarchist: life without government

Speaker: Carne Ross, Founder, Independent Diplomat
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, LSE
Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017, 6.30 pm - 9.00pm  
Venue: NAB.1.04 - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields 

David Mepham

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

Speaker: David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby. Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Human Rights
Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: Alumni Theatre, NAB - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Past events 2016/17

Susan Buck-Morss

Global Civil War: Solidarity by Proxy

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
Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)

Monika Krause

Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation a one-day workshop led by Dr Monika Krause, LSE, on March 31 2017. Participation in the workshop is free to successful applicants and a limited number of limited travel bursaries are available.

Please contact Dr Monika Krause in relation to this event: m.krause@lse.ac.uk

Mazen Masri

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

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
Date:  Friday 24 March, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Venue: TW2 9.04, (Tower 2, 9th Floor, Room.04)

This event was co-hosted with the Middle East Centre, LSE

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

Speaker(s):  Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Sociology of Human Rights, LSE, Professor William Schabas, Professor of International  Law, University of Middlesex, Ms Ann Singleton, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol; IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
Chair: Stefanie Grant, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date:  Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.00 pm - 7.30pm
Venue: 32L.G.03

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Vasuki Nesiah

Indebted: Leaning-in to Empowerment

Speaker:  Dr Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice,  New York University (NYU)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: TW2.2.04 (Tower 2, 2nd floor, room 04)

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Hope not hate

Is Liberal Democracy Under Threat? 

Speaker(s): Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher, Hope not Hate,  Nick Lowles, Chief Executive, Hope not Hate
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date: Friday 17 March 2017, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Venue: TW2,9.05 (Tower 2, 9th Floor Room 05)

Iyad el-Baghdadi

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

Speaker(s): Iyad el-Baghdadi, Writer and human rights activist 
Maryam al-Khawaja, human rights activist and co-Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) 
Adam Coogle, Saudi Arabia and Jordan Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Nicholas McGeehan, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates researcher, Human Rights Watch
Chair:
 Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Date: Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: NAB 2.04, (New Academic Building)

Radhika Balakrishnan

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

Speaker(s): Radhika Balakrishnan, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University,
Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts
Chair:  Dr Polly Vizard, Associate Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow, CASE
Date: Tuesday 28 February, 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
Venue: 32L.LG.18 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Lower ground, room 18)

Philip Alston LSE

The Populist Challenge to Human Rights

Recorded on: 1 December 2016 
Speaker: Professor Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law  
The human rights movement is reeling and the worst is yet to come. Populists have come to power in key countries...

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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

Speaker (s): Dr K. Chad Clay, University of Georgia and Anne-Marie Brook, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 13.30 p.m. - 15.30 p.m.
Venue: TW2.9.05 (Tower 2, 9th Floor, room 05)
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George Katrougalos

A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience

Speaker: George Katrougalos, Alternative Minister for European Affairs - Foreign Ministry, Greece and Professor of Public Law
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics
Discussant: Sarah Paterson, Assistant Professor of Law
Date: Monday 14 November 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB) 

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

Speaker: Anthony Lester QC
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House

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Dr Awol Allo

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

Speaker: Dr Awol Allo, LSE Fellow in Human Rights
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 25 August 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)

Podcasts

2017

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

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

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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 

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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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Secularism, Human Rights and the Middle East: Challenges and Reflections - 23 October 2012. Speaker: Gilbert Achcar; Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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Tolerance in a Just and Fair Society - The Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust conference - 20 June 2012 

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Opening lecture and panel discussion 

(Chair: Conor Gearty. Introduction: Alex Armstrong. Speakers: Lord Bhikhu Parekh; Jonathan Marcus, Karon Monaghan QC; Professor Roger Griffin.)

'Combating Intolerance'

Presentations by FBB Trust scholars (Fatima Kola; Victoria Redclift; Adi Keinan; Amanda Conroy. Chair: Conor Gearty)

Citizens' Privileges or Human Rights? The Great Bill of Rights Swindle - 20 March 2012 Speaker: Shami Chakrabarti; Chair: Francesca Klug

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Dispatches from the Dark Side: On torture and the death of justice - 16 February 2012 Speaker: Gareth Peirce; Chair: Chetan Bhatt

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2011

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

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Migrants and Intellectual life - 13 July 2011
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
Professor Chetan Bhatt

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Climate Change needs Climate Justice
 - 10 March 2011
Mary Robinson

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Representing Atrocity: distant suffering and the politics of pity 
 - 16 February 2011
Speaker(s): 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
Thomas Hammarberg and Chetan Bhatt (chair)

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Impunity in Cambodia -
 18 November 2010
Brad Adams, Margo Picken, Simon Taylor and Chaloka Beyani (chair)

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Seeking Justice for Crimes Against Humanity: The case of Argentina - 4 November 2010. Judge Sergio Torres, Professor Chetan Bhatt (chair)

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2009

Torture and Accountability: Where does President Obama go from here? 
3 November 2009. Karen Greenberg and Professor Philippe Sands, Professor Mick Cox (introduction)

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Human Rights in the 21st Century
29 October 2009. Professor Noam Chomsky, Sir Howard Davies (chair)

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

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2008

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

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

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Religious faith and human rights - 1 May 2008
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Professor Conor Gearty (chair)

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2007

Human Rights Day Lecture 2007
Human Rights in the 21st Century: Problems and prospects - 6 December 2007
Kenneth Roth and Dorothy Q Thomas (chair)

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Iraq and the law: what went wrong? - 14 November 2007
Rabinder Singh QC and Professor Christine Chinkin (chair)

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Field Notes: Human rights defenders speak - 6 November 2007
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
Trevor Phillips, Francesca Klug OBE, Baroness Jane Campbell DBE and Professor Conor Gearty (chair)

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

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