The Transnational Struggle for Economic Justice

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is hosting a discussion on 9 May that examines the economic challenges, inequities and structural economic obstacles that hinder the realization of human rights.

The discussion, “The Transnational Struggle for Economic Justice,” features scholars from the Danish Institute of Human Rights and Lund University in a multidisciplinary panel debate.

“To understand and tackle these sorts of complex economic problems that affect us all, we need to use a multidisciplinary approach, and so that’s why we’ll have a historian, philosopher and lawyer talking about three different facets of the problem,” says  Radu Mares.

Economic inequality has reached levels where the eight richest persons own as much as half of the world population. Global supply chains are a fragmented, diffuse and dynamic way of organizing production in the world economy that seem to defy accountability efforts. Social and economic rights, still not used to their full potential, could construct a safety net to protect against economic shocks and share prosperity. There are new issues, new objects of regulation, and even the history of human rights is changing right before our eyes.

How should we make sense of these developments from a human rights perspective? What methodological options are there to further transnational human rights research?

The panelists bring insights from different academic disciplines and in a series of “Öresund dialogues” among Lund- and Denmark-based scholars:

Dr. Steven Jensen

From the Normative to the Transnational: Rewriting human rights history

Danish Institute for Human Rights


Prof. Lena Halldenius

Why human rights philosophy must attack economic inequality

Department of History, Lund University


Dr. Radu Mares

Responsible global value chains: Is transnational law the key?

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University


May 9, 15.00 – 16.30


Stora Gråbrödersgatan 17 B, 22105 Lund, Sweden

Beijing Conference room

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