Human Rights Thought and Practice in the Contemporary World

Political Thought Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association

Convenor: Dr Evangelia Sembou, Secretary: Dr Zenon Stavrinides

Human Rights Thought and Practice in the Contemporary World


An international conference held on Saturday November, 24 2012 at the London School of Economics with the generous support of the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights.


The conference venue is Room CON.2.05 which is located on the second floor of Connaught House on Aldwych. On Saturdays, this building is reached via the Old Building of the LSE on Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.




10:00 – 10:05 Welcoming remarks by Dr Evangelia Sembou and Professor Chetan Bhatt
10:05 – 10:40 Professor Thomas Pogge, ‘World Poverty: Responses and Responsibilities’
10:40 – 11:15 Dr Birgit Schippers, ‘Who is the Human in Human Rights?’
  Break for coffee, tea and biscuits
11:30 – 12:05 Ms Janne Mende, ‘Universal and Regional Rights’
12:05 – 12:40 Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia, ‘Human Rights and Social Distributive Justice: Keeping them Apart v “Muddling Through”’
12:40 – 13:15 Dr Jesse Anne Tomalty, ‘Human Rights as Rights’
  Lunch break
14:00 – 14:35 Dr Alessandra Sarquis, ‘Considerations about Freedom, Plurality and International Human Rights’
14:35 – 15:10 Dr Anthony J. Langlois, ‘Performing the Practice of Human Rights: The Case of the New ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights’
15: 10 – 15:45 Dr Joe Hoover, ‘Towards a Politics for Human Rights: Ambiguous Humanity and Democratizing Rights’
  Break for coffee, tea and biscuits
16:00 – 16:35 Ms Diana Trifu, Mr Cristian Ducu and Ms Ana Constantinescu, ‘Is there a Moral Obligation of Wealthy Countries Towards Protecting Human Rights in Poor Countries?’
16:35 – 17:10 Professor Chetan Bhatt, ‘The Antinomies of Human Rights: Al Qaeda and Progressive Political Movements’


Participation fee is set at £32.00 which includes a sandwich lunch and coffee/tea during breaks. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr Zenon Stavrinides at

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