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London School of Economics and Political Science
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The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE is a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence for international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on human rights.
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'Toxic rhetoric' takes human rights into dark age:  Dr Bronwen Manby is interviewed about Amnesty Internationals' "The State of the World's Human Rights' assessment. "Some of the world’s largest countries are not being held to account when it comes to human rights violations."
Dr Ayça Çubukçu Chaired the LSE Department of Government public event 'Truth for Giulio Regeni!' Transnational activisim and human rights violations in Egypt, on 2 March, 2017.
Bangladeshi Bloggers

A new project on Bangladeshi bloggers facing persecution and death at the hands of the violent religious right was launched in Michaelmas term.  The project, organised by The Swadhinata Trust UK, aims to report on the key human rights issues related to the recent murders and attacks on secular, human rights and rationalist bloggers in Bangladesh.  The project will produce a comprehensive online toolkit to provide support to bloggers currently under serious threat.  The project is coordinated with the Centre, which is providing research and other support.

The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights in collaboration with the Law and Financial Markets Project and the Transnational Law Project, Department of Law, invites you to an evening discussion 'Financial Institutions and Human Rights: what is the Dutch banking sector agreement on human rights and should UK financial institutions follow suit?'.

This event will welcome representatives from the Dutch Banking Association, ING Bank in the Netherlands and Standard Chartered Bank in the UK to discuss the recently signed Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on human rights and its international implications.

Date: 23 March, 2017, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm  -  cocktails will follow

Venue: LSE New Academic Building, Thai Theatre, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

RSVP by 10 March 2017 atlaw.lfmp@lse.ac.uk. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate your role and affiliation when registering for the event.

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Dr Bronwen Manby, Visiting Senior Fellow, contributed a chapter on “Legal identity for all” to the biannual report of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion on The World’s Stateless, focusing this year on childhood statelessness. The report was launched on 2 February in London. Details of the launch event can be found here
In January 2017, Dr Ayça Çubukçu presented her lecture "Thinking Against Humanity" at the Political and Legal Theory Workshop, National University of Ireland, Galway and as the 48th Gender Lecture, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr Claire Moon was invited to present a paper at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queens' University, Belfast at a panel entitled 'Representing Disappearance' on 9th January 2017.  Her paper, entitled 'Ventriloquists of the object world', spoke to the role of forensic visualisation in representing the dead and disappeared victims of mass atrocity.


Dr Moon also has a new publication in a key volume of collected papers on forensic biohistory.  Her contribution looks at the role of forensic biohistory in investigations of atrocity: Clair Moon (2017) 'The biohistory of atrocity or the social life of human remains' in Christopher M. Stojanowski and William N. Duncan (eds.) Studies in Forensic Biohistory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


The Investment & Human Rights Project (IHR Project) at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy closed its doors on 1 November 2016 after three successful years - and a year longer than its original mandate. During its operation, the IHR Project delivered an impressive list of concrete results, including developing the innovative Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub – which will continue –  and carrying out capacity building on the State Duty to Protect in investment policymaking at high-level workshops in Colombia and Indonesia. The IHR Project also became a focal point for civil society, governments, international institutions and others seeking to make sense of the entry points for human rights in investment, and the Project was an active contributor to international policy debates on the subject. It contributed to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on issues related to investment contracts and the reform of IIAs; produced an on-line Guide for how States can integrate the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their investment policymaking and worked with governments to support this integration; hosted policy discussions on investment and human rights in international fora including UNCTAD and the OECD and contributed to the discussion on the reform of the investment treaty regime and the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), including at a meeting with the European Commission.

The IHR Project co-leads Andrea Shemberg and Andrea Saldarriaga will remain involved with the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and the ongoing management of the Learning Hub as a key resource for States, companies, lawyers, academics and civil society as Visiting Fellows at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Stefanie Grant

Visiting Senior Fellow, Stefanie Grant has co-authored a paper with Professor Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University. 'Migration Governance in the UN: What is the Global Compact and what does it mean?'. The abstract is available here 

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Religious intolerance and its impact on Democracy
Professor Chetan Bhatt chaired the recent LSE International Inequalities Institute/STICERD Amartya Sen Lecture 2017.  The speaker, Asma Jilani Jahangir is a Pakistani human rights lawyer and activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.  A podcast is available here

The Populist Challenge to Human Rights 
Recorded on: 1 December 2016
Speaker: Professor Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law
The human rights movement is reeling and the worst is yet to come. Populists have come to power in key countries...
Download :  Audio, Video

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Dr Bronwen Manby has co-authored a blog with Alan Gelb of Center for Global Development 'Has development converged with human rights? Implications for the legal identity SDG'

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The Utrecht Declaration on Academic Freedom was adopted by the Assembly of the Association of Human Rights Institutes on 3 September.  The Centre for the Study of Human Rights is a longstanding AHRI member and Dr Margot Salomon is vice Chair of its Executive Committee. 
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The June 2016 World Bank report 'Identification in the Context of Forced Displacement: identification for development (ID4D)' by Dr Bronwen Manby, Visiting Senior Fellow, is now available online.

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Dr Ayça Çubukçu has written for The Guardian about the recent events in Turkey. In her piece, entitled 'It’s the will of the Turkish people, Erdogan says. But which people?', Dr Çubukçu writes that "After the failed coup on 15 July, followed by a state of emergency, little is how it appears to be any more". Follow the link above to read the full article online.

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UN Independent Expert draws on Dr Salomon’s research for his mission to Brussels

The study by Margot Salomon and Olivier De Schutter on Economic Policy Conditionality, Socio-Economic Rights and International Legal Responsibility is cited by the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights after his recent visit to the EU institutions. The aim of his visit was to assess the response of the institutions and member States of the European Union to the sovereign debt and financial crisis from a human rights perspective. The Independent Expert’s full findings and recommendations will be presented in his report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.


SPEAK OUT! In this piece on Development under Uncertainty in the Arab World, Dr Ali Kadri discusses obstacles to development in the Arab world with emphasis on the baleful impact of conflicts. He tells us about the social efficiency criterion, the legal corruption of institutional lenders, and how private interests exhibit a necrotrophic relationship with the public sector or indigenous economy. The key question to investigate, it is said, is the relationship between wars and violent social order restructuring.

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LSE REF Impact case study: Respecting, protecting and promoting human rights beyond national borders

LSE produced a case study to map the important work by Dr Margot Salomon over the past several years on socio-economic rights, and duties, beyond borders. The case study is meant to engage a wide audience and highlights the findings in her book on international human rights law and world poverty, her contribution to the drafting of the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and, most recently, her research on austerity in Greece and the responsibility of international creditors. The case study can be found here and the video with commentaries from Zoe Konstantopoulou, former Speaker of the Greek Parliament, and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, can be found here.

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On 16 November, the Investment and Human Rights Project (IHRP) at the Centre’s Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights hosted a joint session at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. The session addressed how States should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPS) in the context of investment policy, drawing on the recent work by the IHRP in Colombia and Indonesia. The UN Panel discussion brought together representatives from both countries to discuss the current plans for investment policy to be included in their respective National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs. Andrea Shemberg of the IHRP participated on the Panel along with a representative of Rio Tinto. Dante Pesce of the working group moderated. The UN Annual Forum is a public meeting, but registration was required here

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Does Europe need a new investment policy? What should be the underlying values and objectives of that policy? On 19 June 2015, Andrea Saldarriaga addressed these questions at a seminar organised by the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union on the 'Treatment of EU investors in the Single Market'. Her remarks pointed to the need to construct a European investment policy reflective of Europe's values of transparency, democracy and respect for human rights. Read the remarks on the Investment and Human Rights Learning Hub
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15 June 2015: Legal brief prepared by Dr Margot Salomon and Professor Olivier De Schutter for the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament points to the responsibilities of the Eurozone states, EC, ECB, Council, EU states, IMF member states and IMF for the human rights impacts of economic conditionality. Read the legal brief (PDF)

Chetan Bhatt

Some say origin stories give people a sense of belonging, but in his TEDx talk Professor Chetan Bhatt dares us to refuse them. Instead we should develop a deeper sense of personhood, responsible to humanity as a whole. Chetan delivered ‘Visions of a Future without Origin Stories and Identity Myths’ as part of TEDxExeter’s event ‘Taking the Long View’. Watch the video 

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Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia - in a recent post on Al Jazeera America, Dr Awol Allo argues that blanket US support for the Ethiopian regime risks dismantling the country’s already beleaguered opposition. In a recent Gearty Grilling  Dr Allo discussed the courtroom as a method of resistance, the current political climate in Ethiopia, and his own activism. He highlighted the central themes of his forthcoming edited volume The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial (Ashgate, 2015). Watch the Interview 
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Linking the Troika to social rights violations in Europe, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica draws on the recent work of Dr Margot SalomonOf Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions’ exposes a series of black holes when it comes to establishing responsibility for the violation of human rights’. Dr Salomon was invited by the Speaker of the Greek Parliament to join the Special Committee of the Hellenic Parliament for the Audit of the Greek Debt (Debt Truth Committee). 

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Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub: where users can explore the connections between investment and human rights, find relevant resources in the toolboxes, watch learning videos and read expert articles on a range of investment and human rights themes. The Investment & Human Rights Project is an initiative of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (The Lab)
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Is Liberal Democracy Under Threat? 
Speaker(s): Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher, Hope not Hate,  Nick Lowles, Chief Executive, Hope not Hate
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Centre Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Date: Friday 17 March 2017, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Venue: TW2,9.05 (Tower 2, 9th Floor Room 05)

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Indebted: Leaning-in to Empowerment

Speaker:  Dr Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice,  New York University (NYU)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: TW2.2.04 (Tower 2, 2nd floor, room 04)

Migrant Deaths at European borders: states' duties to identify and the rights of families to know

Speaker(s):  Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Sociology of Human Rights, LSE,
Professor William Schabas, Professor of International Law, University of Middlesex, Ms Ann Singleton, Senior Research Fellow, IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre,  University of Bristol
Chair: Stefanie Grant, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE 
Date:  Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.00 pm - 7.30pm
Venue: 32L.G.03
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Legal Ordering, Citizenship and Human Rights: The Case of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Speaker: Dr Mazen Masri, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University of London
Discussant: Professor  Yoav Peled, Visiting Professor, The Middle East Centre, LSE
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Date:  Friday 24 March, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Venue: TW2 9.04, (Tower 2, 9th Floor, Room.04)

This event is co-hosted with the Middle East Centre, LSE

Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation a one-day workshop led by Dr Monika Krause, LSE, on March 31 2017. Participation in the workshop is free to successful applicants and a limited number of limited travel bursaries are available.

Please contact Dr Monika Krause in relation to this event: m.krause@lse.ac.uk


Global Civil War: Solidarity by Proxy

Speaker: Professor Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Theory, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)


Missed an event? Download the podcast. Recordings of many of our events are online, including: The Populist Challenge to Human Rights (1 December 2016) Five Ideas to Fight For: How our freedom is under threat and why it matters (20 October 2016)  Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia: the case for trans-national solidarity (25 August 2016) Only Half the Story: legal protection of unaccompanied migrant and refugee young people (15 March 2016)  Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World (1 March 2016), Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey (27 January 2016)
For a full list of recordings visit the podcast index.


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