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15 June 2010
University College London
Sponsored by The UCL Institute for Human Rights, King’s College London and The LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

About the event:
This one-day symposium brings together leading theorists of politics and law to discuss the nature and importance of human rights.

Capacity for this event is very limited, with a maximum of 35 participants. Those interested in participating should express their interest via e-mail to human.rights (at) by 10 MAY 2010.

The list of participants will be distributed on 20 May. There is a 15 pound fee for participants to cover costs, which must be paid by 25 May for their place to be secured.

The symposium papers will be pre-circulated, with the expectation that all participants will read them beforehand. Each session will begin with brief remarks on the paper by the speaker and expert commentator, followed by general discussion.

Symposium Schedule (paper & commentator):

Katrin Flikschuh (LSE) & Charles Beitz (Princeton)
“Scepticism about Human Rights”

Joseph Raz (Oxford & Columbia) & David Held (LSE)
“Human Rights in the Emerging World Order”

John Tasioulas (Oxford) & Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL)
“Human Rights: An Orthodox View”

Henry Shue (Oxford) & Margot Salomon (LSE)
“Human Rights, Climate Change, and the Trillionth Ton”

The symposium will be followed by a free public Panel Discussion at UCL to which all are welcome. The speakers from the symposium will discuss their positions on human rights and answer questions from the audience. The chair of this public event will be Leif Wenar of King’s College London.

The public Panel Discussion, open to all, will take place from 6 – 7:30pm on 15 June in the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL. Free registration for this public event is at:

Event oraganisers:
Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL)
Margot Salomon (LSE)
Leif Wenar (King’s)


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