Category Archives: Theory

Sep 14 2016

Are Human Rights Really ‘Universal, Inalienable, and Indivisible’?

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By Leila Nasr*   Following centuries of ongoing revision, repetition and reconceptualisation, international human rights theory and practice continues to grapple with three integral concepts: universality, inalienability, and indivisibility. These concepts are perceived as being essential to its continued validity, … Continue reading

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Feb 18 2016

Genocide is the tip of the iceberg: Reviewing the Guatemalan case

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By Diego Alburez-Gutiérrez* In 2013 the former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos-Montt was tried in a national court for genocide and crimes against humanity. He was found guilty and sent to prison, but the verdict was quickly overturned on technical grounds. … Continue reading

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Feb 8 2016

International Refugee Law: Definitions and Limitations of the 1951 Refugee Convention

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This post is one of four articles to be published as part of this week’s intensive series on refugee and migration rights. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article on the principle of non-refoulement. By André de Lima Madureira* [i] International Refugee Law (IRL), International Human … Continue reading

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Jan 11 2016

A First Timer’s Perspective on the 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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  By Freya Dinshaw* The prospect of flying for forty-eight hours to attend a thirty-six hour conference had always made attendance at a UN Forum seem fanciful for a lawyer tucked away in one of Australia’s southern-most cities. This year, … Continue reading

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Nov 16 2015

‘In conversation with Amartya Sen’ at the LSE

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By Leila Nasr* Engaging, composed, and timeless: these are the words that come to mind when reflecting on Professor Amartya Sen’s most recent public lecture at the LSE on 6 November 2015. Well publicised and highly oversubscribed, the talk – chaired … Continue reading

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Dec 19 2014

Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ and the danger of apathy in a democratic society

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Hugo Chow is a current MSc Human Rights student at LSE. He completed his undergraduate study at Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a major in Government & Public Administration and a minor in German. Let me start with an … Continue reading

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Oct 9 2014

No monkeying around: animals can and will have human rights

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Alasdair Cochrane is a Lecturer in Political Theory at University of Sheffield. His main research interests include: contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics. Between 2007 and 2011 Alasdair Cochrane was Fellow and then Lecturer in the Centre for the Study of … Continue reading

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Jul 7 2014

The poverty of human rights

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Rafael I. Silva N is a student in the LLM course with a specialism in Human Rights at LSE. He is a lawyer of Universidad de Chile; and the former Director of Techo-Chile in the Region of Valparaiso. This is … Continue reading

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Jun 11 2014

The Trojan Horse Affair: British Muslims and the Narrative of Belonging

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Maria Werdine Norris is a 3rd Year PhD Student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is researching the British Counterterrorism strategy and legislation, with a focus on nationalism, security and human rights. I was watching BBC News … Continue reading

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Jun 8 2014

Rights, exceptions, and the spirit of human rights

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Bernard Keenan is a PhD student in the LSE Law department and former immigration solicitor. He is researching the operation of Closed Material Procedures in UK law. In 2013, there were 20 cases in which the UK government stripped a … Continue reading

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