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What Debt and Austerity Tell Us About International Law and Human Rights - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

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  • Wed 23 May 2018 16.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-05-23 16:30 2018-05-23 18:00 Europe/Paris What Debt and Austerity Tell Us About International Law and Human Rights - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

International law, we are told, is a rules-based system based on the sovereign equality of all states and set up in modern times to secure international cooperation, shared prosperity, and human rights. Among the truths to be unsettled as a result of the debt and austerity crisis in Europe is that international law, including in the area of human rights, actually serves these aspirations well. A careful look at various sites of governance from the functioning of international organizations to the protection of socio-economic rights exposes deep problems with the institution and expectations of international law. Offering insights into its development, stagnation, and capture this lecture will unpack the multiple ways in which international law is itself in crisis and is failing its definitive audience, the people. Dr Margot E Salomon is Associate Professor in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and director of the multidisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE Human Rights. She is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies working on the research project ‘Legal Rights and the Political Economy of Debt and Austerity in Europe’. Her new book is The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (OUP 2018), with J Linarelli and M Sornarajah. A recent blogpost drawing on parts of the book can be found at Critical Legal Thinking. Dr Salomon has been a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on extreme poverty and human rights and to the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund. From 2004-2009 she was Advisor to the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development and from 2009-2017 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 the EUI builds on that work, including: ‘Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions’ European Law Journal (2015) and Economic Policy Conditionality, Socio-Economic Rights and International Legal Responsibility: The Case of Greece 2010-2015. Chair: Philipp Genschel

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  Sala Triaria - Villa Schifanoia

International law, we are told, is a rules-based system based on the sovereign equality of all states and set up in modern times to secure international cooperation, shared prosperity, and human rights. Among the truths to be unsettled as a result of the debt and austerity crisis in Europe is that international law, including in the area of human rights, actually serves these aspirations well. A careful look at various sites of governance from the functioning of international organizations to the protection of socio-economic rights exposes deep problems with the institution and expectations of international law. Offering insights into its development, stagnation, and capture this lecture will unpack the multiple ways in which international law is itself in crisis and is failing its definitive audience, the people. Dr Margot E Salomon is Associate Professor in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and director of the multidisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE Human Rights. She is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies working on the research project ‘Legal Rights and the Political Economy of Debt and Austerity in Europe’. Her new book is The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (OUP 2018), with J Linarelli and M Sornarajah. A recent blogpost drawing on parts of the book can be found at Critical Legal Thinking. Dr Salomon has been a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on extreme poverty and human rights and to the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund. From 2004-2009 she was Advisor to the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development and from 2009-2017 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 the EUI builds on that work, including: ‘Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions’ European Law Journal (2015) and Economic Policy Conditionality, Socio-Economic Rights and International Legal Responsibility: The Case of Greece 2010-2015. Chair: Philipp Genschel


Location:
Sala Triaria - Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar series

Organiser:
Prof. David Levine (Washington University in St. Louis & EUI)
Prof. Philipp Genschel (EUI - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)

Contact:
Sarah Beck - Send a mail

Speaker:
Dr. Margot Salomon (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI and Department of Law, London School of Economics)

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