2-day seminar on economic and social rights in the age of austerity

14 October 2011 by

A quick note to highlight an excellent 2-day seminar on Economic and Social Rights in the Age of Austerity at The Law Society’s annual human rights symposium. It is on 21-22 October. All details are here.

For more on economic and social rights – which are a newish frontier in the human rights world and very controversial – see Rosalind English’s posts here and here.

A host of high profile speakers will lead discussion at the event, which is to be held at the Law Society’s headquarters on Chancery Lane, London. Here are some of the speakers

  • Andy Slaughter MP (Labour MP and Shadow Justice Minister),
  • Justice Albie Sachs – former Justice of the South African Constitutional Court
  • Lady Justice Arden – Lady Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Kate Green MP – Labour MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and member of the Work and Pensions Committee
  • Professor Francesca Klug OBE – director, Human Rights Futures Project, LSE
  • Baroness Walmsley – patron, CRAE, co-chair Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Education, Families and Young People and sponsor of the 2009 ROCK Children’s Rights Bill
  • Professor Emeritus Richard Wilkinson – director, Equality Trust and author of The Spirit Level Background
There are good discounts for public sector organisations and students. I may be speaking in one of the “breakout” sessions on human rights in the media, depending on another commitment. But don’t let that put you off! Sign up now.


  1. Wish you all the best.

  2. I wish all the best to organisors for a great success of the summit

  3. Thank you for this interesting article, helped me much.

  4. I think it is disappointing that there does not appear to be any ‘easy read’ introduction or explanation for the seminar here. The main reason is that the issues being discussed are of direct relevance to disabled people. However, I also have another reason – it would help to reassure me that this is a not a seminar which is a lot about justifying Social Darwinism.

    The Legal profession doesn’t seem to do very much for disabled people in an economic sense. On one hand, they’ll get rid of the few disabled people they have, see:


    And on the other hand, they’ll use arguments of economic necessity and austerity to justify not even paying benefits. Not very mice, is it?

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