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Margot Salomon

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Salomon Margot

London School of Economics

Legal rights and the political economy of debt and austerity in Europe

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Office: Villino, VL034

August 2017 – July 2018


Biographical Note

Dr Salomon is Associate Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and directs the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE Human Rights. She is an international lawyer working on issues under the broad theme of global economic justice including legal dimensions of world poverty, development, and normative, institutional and structural aspects of global economic governance. Her scholarship draws on a range of disciplinary insights including international political economy and critical development studies, as well as heterodox international legal traditions. Her work focuses on both the North and South (and the relationship between them) and she has published and advised widely across those areas.

At EUI Dr Salomon is working on an EU funded research project entitled 'Legal rights and the political economy of debt and austerity in Europe’ as experienced Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. The research project explores the European debt and austerity crisis to consider what it discloses about the influence of European political economy on the principles and practices of legal rights. The term ‘legal rights’ in this work includes human rights as well as the rights of states and these respective approaches underpin the two component parts of this study. This is a multidisciplinary work that has law as a potential tool for advancing the cause of justice yet probes how its emancipatory possibilities are directed by other dominant narratives. This study is an exploration of a clash of narratives and its implications for justice in Europe.

Dr Salomon’s publications include: The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (forthcoming OUP, 2017), (with J Linarelli and M Sornarajah); ‘Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions’, European Law Journal (2015); ‘How to Keep Promises: Making Sense of the Duty among Multiple States to Fulfil Socio-Economic Rights in the World’ in A Nollkaemper & D Jacobs (eds), Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law (CUP, 2014); ‘From NIEO to Now and the Unfinishable Story of Economic Justice’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2013); Global Responsibility for Human Rights: World Poverty and the Development of International Law (OUP, 2007).

Dr Salomon has been a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on extreme poverty and human rights (2009) and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund on human rights and economics (2011); Advisor to the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development (2004-2009); and a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008-2012). She was on the Drafting Committee of the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2009-2011) and from 2009-2017 was Vice-Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes. In 2015 she was invited by the Speaker of the Greek Parliament to provide legal advice on socio-economic rights and international conditionality. Her research at EUI will build on that work.



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