Dr Margot Salomon

Dr Margot Salomon

Associate Professor

LSE Human Rights

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Margot Salomon is Associate Professor in the Law Department and LSE Human Rights where she directs the multidisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (Lab). Her research focuses on a range of issues under the broad theme of global economic justice including legal dimensions of world poverty; development and international law; and human rights and economic orthodoxy. Her scholarship explores the contribution and limits of international (human rights) law, concepts and mechanisms under conditions of globalisation with current work drawing insights from economic sociology and international political economy. At present Dr Salomon is completing a collaborative book project that examines the role of international law in constituting and sustaining injustice in the international economic order. During the academic year 2017-18 she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute working on an EU funded project entitled: 'Legal rights and the political economy of debt and austerity in Europe' [read more about this project].

Dr Salomon has been a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on extreme poverty and human rights (2009) and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund on human rights and economics (2011); Advisor to the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development (2004-2009); and a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008-2012). In 2012 Dr Salomon was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute and Vice-Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes from 2009-2017. She currently sits on the Editorial Board of the Edward Elgar Monograph Series on Studies in Human Rights

At LSE Dr Salomon sits on the Management Committee of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and hosts a termly cross-departmental Lab Supper Club. She is a Member of LSE's Scholars at Risk Steering Committee and its Ethics Policy Committee. During the academic year 2014-2015 she was Acting Director of the Centre. Prior to joining LSE in 2004, Dr Salomon was representative to the United Nations and to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights of Minority Rights Group International.

She supervises PhD candidates in areas such as socio-economic rights, globalisation and law, international governance, and environmental rights, in particular conceptual and critically-engaged approaches to these subjects, and is happy to consider establishing cross-disciplinary supervisory teams. Dr Salomon convenes the LLM courses World Poverty and Human Rights and Foundations of International Human Rights Law, the Executive LLM course International Human Rights: Concepts, Law and Practice, and co-convenes the MSc Human Rights course Approaches to Human Rights. She holds a PhD in International Law from LSE, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University College London and an MA in Comparative European Social Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Her BA was received from Concordia University in Montreal.

For more information on her teaching and external activities see Dr Salomon's page on the Law Department website

Selected publications

REF Impact Case Study

Respecting, protecting and promoting human rights beyond national borders

Other selected publications:

Margot E. Salomon The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2018), (with J Linarelli and M Sornarajah)

Margot E. Salomon, and Robert Howse, ‘Odious Debt, Adverse Creditor, and the Democratic Ideal’ in I. Bantekas and C. Luminas (eds), Sovereign Debt and Human Rights (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2018).

Margot E. Salomon, 'State of Play and Road Ahead: A World of Poverty and Human Rights' in D. Akande, J. Kuosmanen, D. Roser and H. McDermott (eds), Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict and the Environment (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2018)

Margot E. Salomon, ‘Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions’, 21 European Law Journal 4 (2015) 

Margot E. Salomon, 'You Say You Want a Revolution: Challenges of Market Primacy for the Human Rights Project', in W.Vandenhole (ed) Challenging Territoriality in International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2015)

Margot E. Salomon, ‘How to Keep Promises: Making Sense of the Duty among Multiple States to Fulfil Socio-Economic Rights in the World’ in A. Nollkaemper & D. Jacobs (eds), Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014). 

Margot E. Salomon and C. Arnott, ‘Better Development Decision-Making: Applying International Human Rights Law to Neoclassical Economics’, 32 Nordic Journal of Human Rights 1 (2014) pp. 44-74.

Margot E. Salomon, ‘From NIEO to Now and the Unfinishable Story of Economic Justice’, 62  International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1 (2013)

Margot E. Salomon, ‘Deprivation, Causation and the Law of International Cooperation’ in M. Langford, W. Vandenhole, M. Scheinin,and W. van Genugten (eds), Global Justice, State Duties: The Extra-Territorial Scope of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Olivier De Schutter, Asbjørn Eide, Ashfaq Khalfan, Marcos Orellana, Margot Salomon, & Ian Seiderman, Commentary to the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 34 Human Rights Quarterly 4 (2012).

Margot E. Salomon, 'Why Should it Matter That Others Have More?' Poverty, Inequality and the Potential of International Human Rights Law', Proceedings of the Oxford University Conference on International Law and Global Justice, 37 Review of International Studies 5 (2011).

Margot E. Salomon, 'International Human Rights Obligations in Context: Structural Obstacles and the Demands of Global Justice' in B.A. Andreassen and S.P. Marks (eds.) Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions, (2nd ed. Intersentia, 2010). 

Margot E. Salomon, 'Social Justice and Human Rights' in A. Walker, D. Gordon et al (eds)The Peter Townsend Reader (The Policy Press, 2010).

Margot E. Salomon, 'Poverty, Privilege and International Law: The Millennium Development Goals and the Guise of Humanitarianism', 51 German Yearbook of International Law (2008).

Margot E. Salomon, Global Responsibility for Human Rights: World Poverty and the Development of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Margot E. Salomon, 'International Economic Governance and Human Rights Accountability' in M.E. Salomon, A. Tostensen and W. Vandenhole (eds), Casting the Net Wider: Human Rights, Development and New Duty-Bearers (Intersentia, 2007).

Margot E. Salomon, 'Socio-Economic Rights as Minority Rights' in Marc Weller (ed), Universal Minority Rights: A Commentary on the Jurisprudence of International Courts and Treaty Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Margot E. Salomon, 'Towards a Just Institutional Order: A Commentary on the First Session of the UN Task Force on the Right to Development', 23 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 3 (2005).

Reports / Essays / Opinion Pieces:

Margot E. Salomon, 'Sustaining Neoliberal Capital Through Socio-Economic Rights' Critical Legal Thinking, 18.10.17.

Margot E. Salomon, 'Economizing Justice in Times of Debt and Austerity', Proceedings of the 110th Annual Meeting, 110 American Society of International Law Proceedings (2017), (with G. Katrougalos, O. Lienau, and A Caliari)

Margot E. Salomon, Europe's Debt to GreeceEJIL Talk! 24.08.15

Margot E. Salomon, 'Die Austeritätspolitik verletzt Menschenrechte‘ Zeit Online Interview,

Margot E. Salomon and Olivier De Schutter, Economic Policy Conditionality,
Socio-Economic Rights and International Legal Responsibility: the Case of Greece
  Legal Brief prepared for the Special Committee of the Hellenic Parliament on the Audit of the Greek Debt, 15 June 2015

Margot E. Salomon, ‘Austerity, Human Rights and Europe’s Accountability Gap’, Open Democracy – Open Global Rights (March 2014).

Margot E. Salomon, ‘Human Rights are also about Social Justice: A Reply to Aryeh Neier’, Open Democracy – Open Global Rights (July 2013) 

Margot E. Salomon, 'The Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: An Overview of Positive "Obligations to
Fulfil"’ EJIL:Talk!  16 November 2012

Margot E. Salomon, ‘The Future of Human Rights’, Introduction to the Special Section on
International Law, Human Rights and the Global Economy: Innovations and
Expectations for the 21st Century, Guest Editor M.E. Salomon, 4 Global Policy
3 (November 2012)

Margot E. Salomon and Ian Seiderman, ‘The Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, Special Section on International Law, Human Rights and the Global Economy: Innovations and Expectations for the 21st Century, Guest Editor M.E. Salomon, 4 Global Policy 3 (2012).

Margot E. Salomon, Is there a Legal Duty to Address World Poverty? Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Working Paper 2012/03.

Margot E. Salomon, 'The Ethics of Foreign Investment: Agricultural land in Africa', The Majalla, 4 August 2010.

Margot E. Salomon, 'Global Economic Policy and Human Rights: Three Sites of Disconnection', Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Online, 25 March, 2010.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Margot E. Salomon,‘A Human Rights Analysis of the G20 Communiqué’ Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Online, 4 May 2009. 

Margot E. Salomon, 'Legal Cosmopolitanism and the Normative Contribution of the Right to Development' in S.P. Marks (ed), Implementing the Right to Development: The Role of International Law (Harvard School of Public Health/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2008).

Margot E. Salomon, Technical Review: Draft Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2009).

‘The Significance of the Task Force on the Right to Development’, Special Report, Human Rights and Development, Guest Editors: R. Danino and J.K. Ingram,8 Development Outreach, The World Bank, 2 (May 2006).