Previous IHR Events
Natural resources empower the world's most coercive men. Authoritarians like Putin and the Saudis spend oil money on weapons and repression. ISIS and the Congo's militias spend resource money on atrocities and ammunition. For decades, resource-fueled autocrats and extremists have forced endless crises on the West—and the ultimate source of their resource money is us, paying at the gas station and the mall.
The source of the problem is an ancient legal rule that once licensed the slave trade and colonialism, apartheid and genocide: the brutal rule of “might makes right.” The abolition of this rule marked some of humanity's greatest triumphs—yet the rule zombies on in today's multi-trillion dollar resource trade, enriching tyrants, warlords, and terrorists worldwide.
The West can now lead a peaceful global revolution by ending its dependence on the authoritarians who are stealing their countries’ oil, and by getting out of business with the militias who are plundering their countries’ minerals. Doing so will make the world more just and stable, and make other pressing problems like climate change easier to solve.
Professor Leif Wenar will be discussing his groundbreaking new book in which he identifies the causes of global theft of natural resources that underpins so much modern poverty and war. He points the finger at the West and its support for rules of global ownership of resources that cause so much harm – he also offers a clear set of proposals for what must be done to fix this global state of moral harm.
Professor Wenar will be taking take questions and comments from the audience in an interactive conversation about his book. The event will be chaired by Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia, School of Public Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, with comments and reflections by Dr Amanda Greene, UCL Philosopy and Dr Jeff Howard, SPP.
The event is open to all, but to avoid any disappointment, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blood-oil-tickets-21424119117
This event is co-organized by the UCL Global Governance Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.
Starts: Feb 29, 2016 6:00:00 PM
The UCL Institute for Human Rights and the UCL Legal Philosophy Forum (ULPF) invite you to
A Workshop on Allen Buchanan's 'The Heart of Human Rights'
on Wednesday 3rd June 2015
14.00 - 16.45 pm
About the author and the event
Allen Buchanan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, and is a leading philosopher on a broad range of topics in international law, morality, and human rights. He is the author of eleven books and over one hundred-fifty articles. He currently divides his time between Duke University, King’s College London, and the University of Arizona.
The workshop is on Buchanan’s latest book ‘The Heart of Human Rights’ (Oxford University Press, 2013). The book explores international human rights law, the plurality of considerations that may justify international legal human rights, and the legitimacy of the institutions responsible for their creation and development.
Programme and speakers
14.00 pm: Panel 1
Justifying Human Rights: Methodological Issues and the Role of Legal Practice
with Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL School of Public Policy)
Tom Dannenbaum (UCL School of Public Policy)
George Letsas (UCL Laws)
Responses by Allen Buchanan and Q & A
15.15 - 15.30 pm: Tea & Coffee Break
15.30 pm: Panel 2
International Human Rights: Legitimacy, Supremacy and Ethical pluralism
with Jeff King (UCL Laws)
Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws)
Colm O'Cinneide (UCL Laws)
Click here to register for the event.
Starts: May 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM
Discussing 'Human Rights and European Law’ with Lady Justice Arden and Judge Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights
-- Invitation only --
A panel discussion of issues arising from Lady Justice Arden’s new book Human Rights and European Law: Building New Legal Orders taking place at UCL Faculty of Laws on Monday, 8 June 2015, at 5pm (followed by a reception).
The panel discussion will be led by Judge Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights, and will include contributions from UCL academics Professor George Letsas, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Colm O’Cinneide and Dr Kimberley Trapp.
Starts: Jun 8, 2015 5:00:00 PM
The UCL Centre for Transnational History will host its Annual Lecture on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 17:30.
Starts: Apr 21, 2015 12:00:00 PM
Should we think of the ECHR as undermining decisions of democratically elected governments or as placing the sorts of limitations on governments required to protect human rights?
Starts: Mar 23, 2015 6:00:00 PM
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