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The DNA of Human Rights

'Burning Issue' public lecture

Date: Thursday 12 May 2011 
Time: 5.30-6.30pm 
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Conor Gearty

We all talk glibly about human rights but what exactly are they and why are they important? Are human rights merely a collection of nebulous concepts or are they in fact a powerful tool that enables us to make crucial ethical decisions that will shape the future of our world?

Conor Gearty is professor of human rights law at LSE and was for seven years the director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. He is also a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Come and be part of a studio audience for this new and interactive lecture series. The lectures include audience debate and are being filmed on 12 and 13 May for television . The full list of The Burning Issue lectures is available to view. Free food and drink will be provided in the interval between lectures.

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The Burning Issue Lectures are supported by the LSE Annual Fund and Cato Stonex (BSc International Relations 1986).


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