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The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (the Lab) has been set up to create a dynamic space for research, from the conceptual to the practical and across disciplines, on the myriad places where human rights, fairness and justice intersect with economic globalisation. The Lab is situated in LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights and directed by Dr Margot Salomon. Its first major policy-directed initiative - the Investment and Human Rights Project - has developed an innovative Learning Hub on investment, human rights and the implications that these connections have for the work of governments, commercial practitioners and civil society in ensuring the protection of and respect for human rights.

Corporate concern for human rights essential to tackle climate change

We have the means to create a green and equitable economy, but first corporations must embrace sustainable growth strategies that include a concern for human rights.

One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation

The economic reforms begun in India in 1991 were couched in the language of ‘modernisation’, yet they have done little to challenge the caste and gender discrimination faced by Dalit women - in some ways their situation is worse.   

“Where the Emperor can’t enter:” rethinking the case for property and housing rights in China

China’s property boom and the struggles over land and housing it entails shows that arguments for human rights should not hinge on considerations of economic growth.

Independent and impartial? Re-thinking the adjudication of trade and investment disputes

Those adjudicating international trade and investment disputes pay too little heed to the human rights impacts of their decisions. To ensure they do so, we need a much broader understanding of their independence and impartiality than the narrow manner in which these terms are understood today. 

A post-modern Greek tragedy - austerity and asylum in times of crisis

EU rules place the burden of processing asylum requests on periphery countries like Greece, where so many asylum-seekers enter the EU, even as EU-inspired austerity measures undermine Greece’s capacity to treat asylum-seekers fairly, and contribute to the rise in extremist violence against them.   

Austerity, human rights and Europe’s accountability gap

Like past and discredited IMF and World Bank structural adjustment policies, austerity measures that implicate EU institutions have undermined economic and social rights in Greece, and the international institutions that oversee them are seemingly immune to human rights scrutiny.


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