LSE Human Rights Research Groups

LSE Human Rights has identified research and discussion groups which focus the broad interests of the core academic team. These groups foster interdisciplinary collaboration, drawing their members from departments across LSE and beyond.

Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights

The Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights group is led by Dr Claire Moon.   

LSE members

Kirsten Ainley (International Relations)
Christine Chinkin (Law)
Lilie Chouliaraki (Media and Communications)
- Daniel James (Research Student, Department of Sociology)
Heather Jones (International History)
- Jenny Kuper (Visiting Fellow, LSE Human Rights)
- Peter Manning (LSE Human Rights)
Jens Meierhenrich (International Relations)
Claire Moon (co-ordinator, Sociology)
Shani Orgad (Media and Communications)
- Margo Picken (Visiting Fellow, LSE Human Rights)
Gerry Simpson (Visiting Professor, Law)

External members

- Nandita Dogra, Goldsmith's
- Bruna Seu, Birkbeck
- Damien Short, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
- Stjepan Mestrovic, Texas A&M University
- Susannah Radstone, University of East London
- Javier Trevino-Rangel, Center for Economic Teaching and Research, Mexico 
- Iain Wilkinson, University of Kent


Accountability; acknowledgment; amnesty; apology; atrocity; charity; compensation; confession; cosmopolitanism; denial; distant suffering; forgiveness; genocide; gross violations of human rights; healing; historical injustice; human rights campaigns; humanitarianism; international criminal justice; justice; mediation of suffering; memory; moral responses to suffering; perpetrators; philanthropy; reconciliation; reparations; representations of atrocity and suffering; responsibility; restorative justice; retributive justice; social suffering; torture; transitional justice; trauma; truth; truth commissions; victims; witnessing.

Globalisation, Poverty and Responsibility

The Globalisation, Poverty and Responsibility group is led by Dr Margot E. Salomon.


Dr Chaloka Beyani (Department of Law)
Dr Katrin Flikschuh (Department of Government)
Dr Joe Hoover (Department of  International Relations)
Dr Stephen Humphreys (Department of Law)
Dr Andrew Lang (Department of Law)
Professor Thandika Mkandawire (Department of  International Development)
Professor Martha Mundy (Department of Anthropology)
Professor Danny Quah (Department of Economics)
Dr Margot E. Salomon (LSE Human Rights / Department of Law)
Dr Ken Shadlen (Department of  International Development)
Professor Robert Wade (Department of  International Development)
Dr Lea Ypi (Department of Government)


Accountability; climate change; development; economic liberalization; equity; foreign direct investment; global governance; global justice; globalisation; human rights; inequality; international law; international legal theory; international organisations (World Bank, IMF, WTO, United Nations etc) international trade; justiciability; neo-liberalism; political economy; political philosophy; remedy; responsibility; socio-economic rights; 3rd generation rights; transnational obligations; world poverty; world privilege.

Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity

The principle of national self-determination has been a hallmark of anti-imperialist politics, in both Marxist and Liberal traditions, at least since the First World War. This principle has enshrined a political distinction between “nationals” and “foreigners,” while internationalism and cosmopolitanism, in their various, historically specific articulations, have served as the ground of transnational solidarity where attempts have been made to bridge the posited gap between (self-determining) nationals and (solidarity-performing) foreigners.

Given the frequent overlap, in theory and practice, between visions of internationalism and cosmopolitanism on the one hand, and the remarkable internal variation—to the extent that two different and coherent bodies of thought can be said to exist in the first place—within internationalism and cosmopolitanism on the other, how should we think about the divergences and convergences between these two visions? When different versions of internationalism and cosmopolitanism as expounded and practiced by various theological traditions are added to the matrix along with their feminist, anarchist, regionalist, Third-Worldist, nationalist and militarist articulations, the nature of the two-headed monster proves too complicated to grasp in a single breath.

Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity is constituted as an interdisciplinary research group to address this problem. It aims to explore the politics of transnational solidarity by addressing the complications that arise in attempts to define, critique, and practice various strands of internationalism and cosmopolitanism.

The group is led by Dr Ayça Çubukçu and LSE staff and doctoral students interested in joining the group are invited to contact her.