Professor Francesca Klug: Human rights, it is right for all humans
In this podcast with The Real Agenda Network, Professor Francesca Klug talks about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, why Universal is the key word & how all humans have certain entitlements solely because we are humans, not just citizens. The UDHR provides a basis for good government and a guideline to conduct our lives by. It is time we took it seriously in order to reduce extreme inequality & build a better society. Listen to the podcast here
Dr Monika Krause awarded 2019 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting
The annually organised Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting recognises a mid-career sociologist whose work holds great promise for setting the agenda in the field of sociology. While the award winner need not be a theorist, his or her work must exemplify the sociological ideals Coser represented. Eligible candidates must be sociologists or do work that is of crucial importance to sociology.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu has received a Senior Fellowship from Princeton University
Ayça Çubukçu received a Senior Fellowship from Princeton University’s Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. She will take up her research appointment in Lent and Summer terms of 2020 in Princeton.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu joins the Advisory Board of MENA Rights Group
Ayça Çubukçu is now serving on the Advisory Board of the MENA Rights Group, a Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO working on the protection and promotion of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa region. More information about the group can be accessed here.
Andrea Shemberg chairs a discussion on human rights impact assessments of trade agreements
On 26 February, Andrea Shemberg, Visiting Fellow of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, chaired a discussion at Chatham House in London on human rights impact assessments (HRIA) of trade agreements. The basis for the discussion was a report authored by Dr. Jennifer Zerk, Chatham House Associate Fellow in the International law Programme. This important report outlines the substantial challenges of carrying out HRIAs of whole trade agreements in a manner that yields useful data that can convincingly help policymakers design trade agreements that embed respect for human rights and protect the most vulnerable members of society. Read Shemberg's short blog post with reflections from the event here.
Dr Claire Moon - Politics, Deathwork and the Rights of the Dead
Claire Moon published a short article entitled ‘Politics, Deathwork and the Rights of the Dead’ in Humanity as part of a symposium arising out of a one-day workshop at Edinburgh University in May 2018 on ‘Politics in the Face of Death’.
The symposium speaks to the following: from migrants facing death at borders around the world, to the different chapters of the “War on Terror,” to the politics of post-genocide, our era seems to be marked by the constant politicisation of death. Social and physical death are increasingly intertwined in various spectacles of horror. Clearly, not all deaths are treated equally. Trenchant questions remain over what kinds of death are deemed morally, political and legally significant; and what kinds of death are rendered visible or invisible, and with what implications for those who are still alive.
Claire’s contribution concentrated on the political contexts in which mass death have been addressed, the specific form of deathwork that has arised to address mass death, and the emergence of post-mortem rights. Her article can be found here: http://humanityjournal.org/blog/claire-moon/
Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg participate in The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
On 26, 27 and 28 November 2018, almost 3,000 participants from government, business, civil society, UN bodies, trade unions, academia and the media, gathered in Geneva at the seventh edition of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to discuss trends, challenges and progress in advancing implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg actively contributed to the Forum by organising and speaking in three sessions covering cutting-edge topics on the business and human rights agenda.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu - For the Love of Humanity
Dr Ayça Çubukçu's latest book 'For the Love of Humanity' builds on two years of transnational fieldwork within the decentralized network of antiwar activists who constituted the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) in some twenty cities around the world. Ayça Çubukçu illuminates the tribunal up close, both as an ethnographer and a sympathetic participant. In the process, she situates debates among WTI activists—a group encompassing scholars, lawyers, students, translators, writers, teachers, and more—alongside key jurists, theorists, and critics of global democracy.
Dr Çubukçu’s interview with the New Books Network about her book, For the Love of Humanity, was featured in their anthropology, history, politics, law, and world affairs podcast series. The podcast can be accessed here. Dr Çubukçu also gave an interview about her book for the ezine of Middle Eastern politics and culture, Jadaliyya, which can be read here.
Dr Monika Krause presents recent research findings on NGOs
Dr Monika Krause presented her research on NGOs at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, at the Bremen International School of Social Sciences and at Charles University in Prague. She also participated in a Panel discussion on "Helpless helpers" at the Frankfurt International Book Fair. With support from the Leverhulme Trust, she is focusing on her research on international mission agencies this year.
Professor Francesca Klug - Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Professor Francesca Klug, who is a Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) as well as LSE Human Rights, presented a paper on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at an all-day conference on 10 December at SHU’s Centre for International Justice. Other participants included Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Professor Sital Dhillon.
Dr Margot Salomon made Francqui European laureate
Congratulations to Dr Margot Salomon who has been granted the prestigious award of the Francqui Belgian (European) Chair 2018/19 by the Francqui Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Antwerp Law Department. To mark the appointment, which recognises scholars of established international reputation, Dr Salomon will give a series of lectures to the Belgian academic and post-graduate community, entitled 'Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project'. Coverage of Dr Salomon’s inaugural lecture ‘On the Structure of Suffering: Political Economy, Human Rights and Silent Spaces’ and further details are available from a dedicated page at the University of Antwerp website.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu and Dr Monika Krause are new Directors of LSE Human Rights
Dr Ayça Çubukçu is Associate Professor in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology, where she has been teaching since 2012. Before joining LSE, Dr Çubukçu worked as a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. Dr Monika Krause is an alumna of the LSE, who joined the Department of Sociology in 2017 from Goldsmiths College. She is a sociologist of expertise who has been working on how humanitarian and human rights NGOs set priorities.
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