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27 May 2020

PhD student gives lecture on human rights at Hillary Clinton School of Law

PhD Student James Sinclair conducted a guest lecture to students at Swansea University

J Sinclair

Earlier this month, James Sinclair, a PhD student at Department of War Studies, King’s College London, was prestigiously invited to deliver a guest lecture at the Hillary Clinton School of Law, Swansea University.

His lecture joined a programme of speakers this season who included Hillary Clinton herself, Secretary Madeline Albright, Andrew Mitchell MP, former MP Luciana Berger and Professor Kris Balderston.

James discussed ‘social entrepreneurship and the role of legal and commercial innovations in confronting global challenges’ as part of the Global Challenges MA programme at Swansea University.

His lecture addressed issues surrounding human rights, including global employment, modern slavery, bonded labour, and how smart technology could be implemented to combat human rights issues such as exploitative employment.

As a lawyer, social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Fair Labour Alliance and Executive Director of Ethical Innovations, James also spoke about his career and his focus on innovation and sustainability.

The Hilary Rodham Clinton School of law, named after the former US Secretary of State in 2017, brings together the disciplines of Law and Criminology, with programmes delivered by staff with extensive real-world experience.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Programme, which includes the Global Challenges MA, enables high-achieving students to study innovative ways to respond to global problems, and attracts an array of guest academics and professionals to provide lectures, mentoring and other advice and support.

“It was a real privilege to be asked to address the HRC Scholars about the role of social entrepreneurship in tackling global challenges."

James Sinclair

“We have to find more a sustainable and equitable approach to our global political economy and it was really heartening to see such enthusiasm and energy from the Scholars, who I know will go on to do great things.”

James Sinclair

James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from York University, a Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Vocational Qualification from the University of Law and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from King’s College London. He is a registered Barrister and practicing Solicitor. He holds four Lincoln’s Inn law scholarships and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently working towards his PhD with King’s College London in the area of bonded labour.

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