Divest! the history and politics of a demand

Hosted by LSE Human Rights, Department of Anthropology, Department of Media and Communications and Department of International Relations

Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE


Dr Shahd Hammouri

Dr Shahd Hammouri

Lecturer in Law, University of Kent

Dr Dena Qaddumi

Dr Dena Qaddumi

Fellow in City Design and Social Science, LSE Sociology

Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein

Executive Director, Shadow World Investigations & Former ANC MP

Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon

Advocacy Manager, Campaign Against the Arms Trade

Peter Frankental

Peter Frankental

Economic Affairs Program Manager, Amnesty International


Dr Mahvish Ahmad and Professor Fawaz A Gerges

This panel brings together scholars, experts, practitioners, and organisers who have investigated how financial investments can be entangled with human rights abuses, the arms trade, and climate breakdown.

Taking its point of departure in a just-released report prepared by LSE students and staff, the panel will shed light on how such entanglements can be traced–and place calls for divestment within a broader historical and political context.

Meet the speakers and chair:

Representatives of the LSE student and staff authored report, Assets in Apartheid.

Dr Shahd Hammouri is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent. She is the author of the forthcoming book: Corporate War Profiteering and International Law. She has previously acted as a consultant on the question of the Levant and International Law, Business and Human Rights, and corporate accountability. She is also a non-resident fellow at al Haq.

Dr Dena Qaddumi is an urban and architectural scholar. Her work primarily draws on postcolonial urban theory, political geography, and cultural studies, with a regional interest in the Middle East and North Africa.

Andrew Feinstein is Executive Director of Shadow World Investigations. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts and organizers working against armed violence. He is a former Member of Parliament for the African National Congress and resigned after the government refused to allow an investigation into a major arms deal. He is the author of ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’ and ‘After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future.’

Katie Fallon is Advocacy Manager at Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), where she leads CAAT's parliamentary and legal advocacy. She co-led CAAT's campaign during its second Judicial Review challenging the UK government's decision to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, throughout the war in Yemen. She has previously worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs at their Mission to the UN in New York and the Embassy of Ireland, London, as well as the UK Bureau of Reporters without Borders, advocating for the rights of journalists in the UK and internationally. She is an Forum on the Arms Trade Emerging Expert (23/24). Katie has an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Peter Frankental is the Economic Affairs Programme Director of Amnesty International UK. He previously worked in the private sector, the NHS and the not-for-profit-sector. He has undertaken postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity in international crimes and was on the Steering Group of a three-year research project to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities.  He has served on the Boards of several NGOs including the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE), the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and London Mining Network. Peter is co-founder of an organisation ‘Hear Me Out’ that takes music-making into UK immigrations detention centres to release the words, music and life stories of people held inside.

Dr Mahvish Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Politics in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of LSE Human Rights. She studies state violence and social movements, including the Global War on Terror. She recently published an article entitled Movement Texts as Anti-Colonial Theory (2023).

Professor Fawaz A. Gerges is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he also holds the Chair in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies at LSE. He was LSE’s inaugural Director of the Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013. He earned a doctorate from Oxford University and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia, and was a research scholar at Princeton and chairholder at Sarah Lawrence College, New York.

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