14 November 2018  | 19.15 – 20.30  | LSE Alumni Theatre



On 1 February 2018, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published its report on companies doing business in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The report states that “…violations of human rights associated with the settlements are pervasive and devastating, reaching every facet of Palestinian life,” citing restrictions on movement, freedom of religion, education and land ownership faced by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. It goes on to say that “[b]usinesses play a central role in furthering the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements,” and it describes the role of Israel in encouraging business to operate in settlements by providing financial incentives. Importantly, the report poses a set of live questions that governments, investors, companies, consumers and others should be asking:

Can companies do business with Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory while respecting human rights? If so, what are the criteria for judging whether they are doing so?

Please join us for a public event to discuss these questions and deepen our understanding of business and human rights in occupied territories.


• Peter Frankental, Economic Relations Programme Director Amnesty International, UK
• Dr. Jan Kleinheisterkamp, LSE Law Department, Transnational Law Project
• Phyllis Starkey, former MP and independent policy advisor
• Peter Webster, CEO of the EIRIS Foundation

Moderator: Andrea Shemberg, LSE Visiting Fellow, Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

When: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 7:15 – 8:30 pm
Where: LSE New Academic Building, Alumni Theatre

RSVP* by 9 November 2018 to: law.events@lse.ac.uk

*Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis