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Launch of UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network a great success

The newly formed UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network was launched with its first event - a workshop on the Philosophy of Progressive Realisation of Social and Economic Human Rights - in Buenos Aires during the 28-30 March 2017.

The workshop was attended by political philosophers from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and the UK. 40 attendees took part in intense workshop sessions focusing on papers addressing various areas of economic and social human rights. The theme of Progressive Realisation and the philosophical problems this poses was set out in the initial session and explored through various lenses throughout the workshop. Contributors discussed human rights realisation in health, education, in relation to crime prevention, the environment, immigration and citizenship, and many other topics. Some papers focused on methodological questions whilst others took up substantive issues. More...

Published: May 21, 2017 10:26:35 PM

IHR Co-Director Dr S Meckled-Garcia Wins BA Grant to Launch Research Network

With the support of a  British Academy International Partnership grant won by Dr. Meckled-Garcia, a co-director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, the first UK-Latin America Political Philosophy Research Network has been established with partner institutions in Latin America. These initially encompass Argentina and Mexico, but links are being forged with scholars in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and more. More...

Published: Mar 22, 2017 1:41:03 PM

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou wins Provost’s Award for Public Engagement

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law, Director of Graduate Research Studies at UCL Faculty of Laws and Co-Director of UCL Institute of Human Rights, has won the Established Career Public Engager of the Year at the UCL Provost’s Awards for Public Engagement 2016/17, this year awarded on 22 February 2017.

The UCL Public Engagement Unit recognises the fantastic work that UCL’s staff and students do to ‘open up what happens at UCL, creating two-way conversations with the public’, through The Provost’s Awards for Public Engagement.

Dr Mantouvalou was nominated for her research and engagement work between 2015-2016 with Kalayaan, an NGO formed to campaign for the formal recognition of migrant domestic workers in the UK, where she is also a trustee. Kalayaan aims to challenge the mistreatment of migrant domestic workers, and to enforce their human and labour rights.

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou said:

‘The exploitation of migrant domestic workers is a pressing social issue, giving rise to several human rights violations, which I have been exploring in my research and teaching. Kalayaan are doing really important work in the field. My continuous collaboration with them provides me with important insights both for my research and teaching.’

Professor Richard Moorhead, Vice Dean (Research), Professor of Law and Professional Ethics, Chair of Law and Professional Ethics, said:

‘We are delighted that Virginia has won a Provost’s Public Engagement award. She is a model academic, leading research on modern slavery with great energy and commitment. Her achievement is truly well deserved.’

See Dr Mantouvalou’s most recent publication on domestic workers.


Published: Mar 1, 2017 10:13:00 AM

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