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Anna Chadwick is a Lecturer in Law working in International Law and Legal Theory. She first joined the School of Law as a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith (LKAS) Fellow in 2017, after completing a two-year Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute, in Florence. Anna’s principal research interests lie at the intersection between law and markets. Her PhD research explored the role of commodity derivatives speculation in the context of the 2007-11 global food crisis and offered a critical assessment of attempts to use financial regulation as a means to curb excessive levels of speculation in derivatives markets. Anna’s subsequent work has investigated the relationships between law and processes of financialisation in the global economy, the significance of contract law in the development of new financial instruments, and the role of public international law and international economic law in contributing to the production of food insecurity. Her monograph, Law and the Political Economy of Hunger, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019.

Anna was awarded her doctorate by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in November 2015. During her PhD, she co-founded the Food, Law, and Finance Network (FFRN) with colleagues in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, and the US. Prior to undertaking her doctorate, Anna spent one year working for the legal charity, Reprieve, where she undertook investigation and research on death penalty cases. Anna holds a Masters Degree in Public International Law and International and UK Human Rights Law (LLM) from King’s College London, and an LLB from the University of Leeds.


Human Rights, Poverty and Capitalism

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“In this chapter, I examine the interplay between state obligations to eradicate extreme poverty and realize socio-economic rights under International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and some of the legal regimes and economic paradigms that sustain global capitalism. Advocates of rights-based solutions to poverty tend to focus on how mechanisms to advance relevant categories of human rights, above all socio-economic rights, can be strengthened. Their analyses typically ignore questions of how other legal rights and legal regimes may function as obstacles to the eradication of poverty and the realization of human rights. I contest the long-standing assumption of IHRL that the goal of realizing human rights—and socio-economic rights in particular—is compatible with the operations of global capitalism, and I seek to demonstrate that the legal regimes necessary to sustain capitalist political economy are, in fact, routinely productive of poverty and of violations of socio-economic rights.”

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Law and the Political Economy of Hunger

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This book is an inquiry into the role of law in the contemporary political economy of hunger. In the work of many international institutions, governments, and NGOs, law is represented as a solution to the persistence of hunger. This presentation is evident in the efforts to realize a human right to adequate food, as well as in the positioning of law, in the form of regulation, as a tool to protect society from 'unruly' markets. In this monograph, Anna Chadwick draws on theoretical work from a range of disciplines to challenge accounts that portray law's role in the context of hunger as exclusively remedial.