Global Policy Dialogue with Amartya Sen and David Held on 'The Idea of Justice'

London, Thursday, 8th July 2010

Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen
Chair: Professor David Held

In the first Dialogue of the series Amartya Sen and David Held discussed Sen's new book, The Idea of Justice. Injustices in the contemporary world include global inequities as well as disparities within nations. Understanding the demands of justice in each context requires public reasoning, and the challenges of global justice specifically call for global public reasoning. The Idea of Justice also investigates the contributions of human rights movements to the removal of some of the nastiest cases of injustice in the world in which we live.

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard and an Honorary Fellow of LSE. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His books include Development as Freedom (OUP), The Argumentative Indian (Allen Lane/Penguin) and Identity and Violence (Allen Lane/Penguin), and have been translated into more than thirty languages. His latest book is The Idea of Justice.

David Held is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at LSE and Co-Director of LSE Global Governance.

The Global Policy Dialogues are a unique series of exchanges bringing together today's most preeminent scholars and practitioners to discuss pressing questions of policy, with the aim of advancing our understanding of the underlying issues and offering innovative solutions to global challenges.

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