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LSE launches new website to examine connections between Investment & Human Rights

Where do human rights, fairness and justice intersect with economic globalisation?

The Investment & Human Rights Project, in LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights, is launching a free online resource aimed at improving understanding of the impact of investments on human rights and wellbeing across the world. The new Investment and Human Rights Project ‘Learning Hub’ will be launched on Thursday 10 April 2014 at an event hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills.

International investment plays a significant role in the globalised economy, mobilising vast amounts of capital from the financial markets through to thousands of businesses and projects around the world. Investment can create positive conditions for improving people’s lives, but it can also negatively impact peoples’ enjoyment of their human rights. 

The Learning Hub will help build understanding about the connections between investment and human rights, and the implications of these connections for governments, policy makers, businesses and civil society. The online resource will enable research, discussion and sharing of practical tools to explore this often under-studied area.

The Investment & Human Rights Project is the first major initiative of LSE's Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (LAB).

LAB is a dynamic new space for research and engagement that explores the complexities of the global economy and their implications for human well-being.

Watch an introduction to the LSE Investment & Human Rights Project

The launch event for the Learning Hub, hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills, will explore why connecting human rights and investment matters.

Mark Hodge, Executive Director of the Global Business Initiative will deliver the keynote address and moderate a panel discussion with:

• Lene Wendland, Advisor on Business and Human Rights, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

• Peter Frankental, Director, Economic Relations Programme, Amnesty International UK

• Dr Helen Meekings, Principal Environmental Advisor, UK Export Finance

• Jonathan Bauer, Human Rights Program Manager, HP

• Stéphane Brabant, Partner, Energy and Infrastructure, Herbert Smith Freehills

LAB Director, Dr Margot Salomon, will open the event, and Professor George Gaskell, Pro-Director at LSE will provide the closing remarks.

To use the Learning Hub, visit: Investment and Human Rights Project Learning Hub 

More information about the LAB and Investment & Human Rights Project is available here: www.lse.ac.uk/humanrights/thelab