Forthcoming Events Organised by Others
Events listed here are events that have been organised by other organisations.
Professor Peter Hennessy will be in Conversation with Professor Tony Wright
Venue: Council Room, Birkbeck College
Date: 20 February 2014, 6.15 -8.00 PM
PROFESSOR PETER HENNESSY (Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield) is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. He is the leading historian of post-1945 Britain, especially its politics and politicians, which he writes (and speaks) about in a vivid and witty way. His many books and his journalism offer trenchant analysis of the British constitution and the ‘hidden wiring’ of government , including the secret state and the bomb. Books include Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of One’s Own Times (2012) Cabinets and the Bomb (2007) Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties (2006) The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War (2002) The Prime Minister: The Office and its Holders since 1945 (2000) The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution (1995) Never Again: Britain 1945-51 (1992) Whitehall (1989) and Cabinet (1986). This ‘conversation’ will range widely over Peter’s many interests and offers an opportunity to hear from someone with a unique place in the study of the recent history of British politics and society.
PROFESSOR TONY WRIGHT is Professorial Fellow in Politics at Birkbeck College and Professor of Politics at UCL. MP for Cannock Chase from 1992 to 2010, he chaired the Reform of the House of Commons Committee (publishing the report ‘Rebuilding the House’ in 2009.) He chaired the Public Administration Committee of the House of Commons from 1999 to 2010. He has been co- editor of Political Quarterly since 1995. His most recent publications are Doing Politics (2012), British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed, 2013) and an article asking ‘What is it about Politicians? in the current edition of Political Quarterly.
This event is likely to be oversubscribed. To reserve a place please email the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Ethics & Law Annual Lecture: The place of 'institutions' in the idea of 'corruption'
Speaker: Professor Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard University
Chair: Professor Richard Moorhead, UCL Laws
Date: Friday 14th March 2014, 6pm
Venue: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
About the Event
In this talk, Professor Lessig introduces the idea of “institutional corruption,” and uses it to understand pathologies in important public institutions, especially the United States Congress.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It and One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic. Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
The UCL Centre for Ethics & Law was established in 2009 to reflect the growing need for enhanced collaboration between academics, practicing lawyers and industry, given the fast changing and increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the global issues lying at the intersection between ethics and regulatory compliance. The work of the Centre is resolutely multi-disciplinary and practice-oriented, focusing on a number of current themes including the professional ethics of in-house and external legal counsel, ethics of risk, anti-corruption, global business and human rights, and distributive justice.
Professor Richard Moorhead's blog: https://lawyerwatch.wordpress.com/
Professor Lawrence Lessig's website: http://www.lessig.org/