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Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner
12 March 2014
The Rt Hon The Lord Dyson

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Laws Events

The UCL Laws events programme reflects the diversity of teaching and research offered by the Faculty, with a regular selection of lively seminars, lectures, debates and conferences on a wide variety of engaging legal topics. Many of the events are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board, and IP Reg for CPD credit. The majority of our events are free and open to everyone - unless otherwise stated.

September 2014

AfricaUCL Centre for Commercial Law with the University of Pretoria
African Insolvency Law: Bridging the Gap to Modern Perspectives

Wednesday 24 September 2014, 8.30am - 5pm

  • Speakers include Dr Bolanle Adebola, University College London, UK, among many others
  • Venue: The Centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law, University of Pretoria
  • Admission: Fees apply
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for UK CPD
It has never been more important for African economies to institute robust insolvency systems as Africa continues to make remarkable economic strides. Advanced jurisdictions across the globe recognise the importance of strong insolvency laws which are a crucial safety-valve in market-oriented economies. This knowledge triggered the modernisation of insolvency systems that commenced in the 1970s. African countries likewise require robust insolvency systems which, for instance, deal decisively with failed companies while providing their potentially viable counterparts with further opportunities for economic success. Recognising the unique position of academics in midwifing the desired change, this colloquium invites academics and practitioners interested in Africa to provide insights on the current state of national insolvency laws, global developments in insolvency law, as well as guidance on the introduction of targeted reforms in African systems.

The colloquium further aims to initiate discussions on the future establishment of a dedicated academic forum at which ideas on the advancement of insolvency laws in Africa can be discussed, and collaboration engendered amongst members.

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FRAND UCL Centre for Law and the Environment
Renuion for UCL Environmental Law Graduates

Thursday 25 September 2014, 6-8pm

  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: For UCL Environmental Law Alumni only. Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
Professor Richard Macrory is increasingly aware of how our former LLM environmental law students are cropping up everywhere - NGOs, government, agencies, the private sector, you name it! We know that many of you keep in touch with your own year group, but we thought it would be a good thing to hold our first ever reunion of UCL environmental law alumni with an informal reception at Bentham House and a few short talks. Those who want to go out to supper afterwards with friends can make appropriate arrangements.

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October 2014

FRANDUCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
2014 Volume Launch

Wednesday 8 October 2014, at 6.15pm

  • Special guest: Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law at UCL, and Former Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited with CPD
The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence aims to make a high-quality contribution to current debates on local and global issues of law and jurisprudence. We hope the 2014 volume is our best yet, with contributions from academics, researchers and post-graduate students from UCL, across the UK and internationally. The launch is an opportunity to recognise our authors and celebrate the contribution the Journal makes to the vibrant intellectual life of the UCL Faculty of Laws. It is also a great opportunity for those looking to get involved in 2015 to find out more.

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Professor Cass SunsteinUCL Quain Lectures 2014-15
Free by Default

over three evenings: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, & Wednesday 15th October 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speaker: Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School
  • Chair: Professor John Tasioulas, UCL
  • Venue: UCL Central Campus
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
When should people choose, and when should they choose not to do so? Contrary to some of the important strands in liberal political thought, human beings are often free by default. Default rules, chosen by private or public institutions, establish settings and starting points for central aspects of our lives, including countless goods and activities—cell phones, rental car agreements, computers, savings plans, health insurance, websites, privacy, and much more. Many of these rules do a great deal of good, but others are badly chosen and impose considerable harm. The obvious alternative to default rules, of particular interest when individual situations are diverse, is active choosing, by which people are asked or required to make decisions on their own. But if active choosing were required in all contexts, people would quickly be overwhelmed. Especially in complex and unfamiliar areas, default rules have significant advantages. It is where people prefer to choose, and where learning is both feasible and important, that active choosing is usually best. At the same time, it is increasingly possible for private and public institutions to produce highly personalized default rules, designed to fit individual circumstances, and thus to reduce the problems with one-size-fits-all defaults. At least when choice architects can be trusted, personalized default rules offer most (not all) of the advantages of active choosing without the disadvantages; they can increase both welfare and freedom. These points raise fresh challenges for capitalist economies, the proper conception of human dignity, democratic processes, and personal privacy.

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Professor Cass SunsteinUCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law with MARQUES
Question the Trade Mark Judges

Wednesday 15 October from 6-7.30pm

  • Speakers: Fidelma Macken (formerly a judge of the European Court of Justice and of the Supreme Court of Ireland); Sylvie Mandel (formerly a judge of the Cour de Cassation, France and formerly a chair of the First Board of Appeal, OHIM); Oliver Morris (Principal Hearing Officer and and Company Names Adjudicator, UK IPO); and His Honour Judge Richard Hacon (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Judge)
  • Chair: The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob
  • Venue: UCL Central Campus
  • Admission: Fees apply
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, invite you to meet and question some of the judges that are or were until recently deciding our trade mark disputes.

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Professor Cass SunsteinUCL Legal & Social Philosophy Colloquium
Discussion Session on Free by Default

Thursday 16 October from 2-4pm

  • Speaker: Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School
  • Chair: Professor John Tasioulas, UCL
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
This session gives the audiences at the Quain Lectures the opportunity to discuss with Professor Cass Sunstain the content of his three Quain Lectures on Free by Default.

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Dr Sylvia TerbeckUCL Centre for Law & Ethics
Moral Judgements: Insights from Psychology, Computer Science and Neuroscience

Wednesday 22 October from 5-6.30pm

  • Speaker: Dr Sylvia Terbeck, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth
  • Discussant: Dr Sylvie Delacroix, UCL
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
Originally, moral judgments were mostly discussed in philosophy where researchers would investigate the notions on which laws should ultimately be based. However, more recently an increasing amount of empirical research has been conducted with mainly two aims: a) to provide insights into the psychological mechanisms of how humans form moral judgments, and b) to provide advice and discuss the normative implications for moral theory and, ultimately, law. It is on this topic that Dr Sylvia Terbeck will review her own work in moral psychology and neuroscience. For instance, her team found that noradrenaline – a neurotransmitter involved in fight-or-flight responses - increased deontological moral judgments in traditional moral dilemmas (e.g., killing one to save many). They suggested that an increase in harm-aversion, and reduced aggression, might have produced this effect. She will also present the results of a study using Immersive Virtual Reality, which demonstrated how the race of the avatar had an effect on virtual and real-life moral behaviour, and will address how the interdisciplinary discourse might need improvement, illustrating this with a description of a very interesting and novel experiment on moral enhancement using placebo-effects.

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JudgesUCL Current Legal Problems Lectures
More than just a different face? Judicial Diversity and Decision-Making

Thursday 23 October 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speakers: Professor Rosemary Hunter (University of Kent)
  • Chair: Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan MP
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
This lecture addresses a key question in debates around judicial diversity: what evidence is there that a more diverse judiciary will make a difference to substantive decision-making? The lecture will begin by outlining the range of arguments for a more diverse judiciary, which include but are not confined to making a difference to substantive decision-making. It will then turn to consider the considerable evidence which now exists both to refute and to support the existence of substantive differences in decision-making following the appointment of women and others from non-traditional backgrounds to the judiciary. On the basis of this evidence, it will draw conclusions as to the kinds of differences in decision-making which might be expected, and the circumstances under which different approaches to decision-making are likely to flourish.

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JudgesUCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society CPD Course
Multi-Sided Platforms: Business, Economics & Competition Policy

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 1 - 7.30pm

  • Tutors: Professor David Evans (UCL Visiting Professor), Will Page (Chief Economist, Spotify), and Alain Falys (Founder & CEO, Yoyo)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Fees apply.
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 4.5 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)

Multi-sided platforms are businesses that act as intermediaries between several interdependent groups of customers.  They are central many industries including payment systems, financial exchanges, advertising-supported media, much of online, and various kinds of marketplaces including shopping malls.  Some of the largest IPOs in recent years have involved multisided platforms such as Facebook and, soon, Alibaba. They are also often at the center of debates concerning competition policy and sectoral regulation. Google and Uber are two that are making headlines in the European Union.  This course will cover the unique business models followed by multi-sided businesses; the economics of multi-sided platforms and the industries they anchor; the applications of competition policy to multi-sided platforms; a survey of key competition policy and regulator matters involving these platforms; and tools and techniques for competition policy analysis.

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JudgesInaugural Lecture
Patient no Longer? What next in health care law?

Thursday 30 October 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speakers: Professor Jonathan Montgomery (UCL)
  • Chair: Lord Toulson (UK Supreme Court)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
Jonathan Montgomery’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Health Care Law argues that the ‘patient’ is no longer the main concept that defines the subject and organises its doctrines. His earlier work suggested that focus on the doctor-patient relationship had blinded commentators to important issues and allowed only a partial account of the roles of the law. Recent case law confirms that other paradigms are becoming important. The use of human rights arguments makes the immediate health care context less relevant. This feature is amplified by increasingly common permission for ’intervenors’ to make submissions showing how individual cases are linked to wider issues. This in turn is an example of a wider trend – the increasing use of health care litigation by groups and corporate bodies – which further dilutes the role of the ‘patient’ as an organising concept for the law. In the face of these developments, many of the reasons for traditional judicial protection of clinical freedom in English health care law ebb away. It is therefore not surprising that the courts are seeking to redefine their roles in regulating health care. If the patient is no longer the central concern of health care law, then it is appropriate that judges are less patient with the idea that there might be lowered scrutiny for health professional s compared to those working in other areas.

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November 2014

JudgesUCL IBIL
Drafting Clearer Contracts CPD Course

Monday 3 November 2014, 9.30am - 5.45pm

  • Tutor: Ken Adams
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Fees apply. Early bird rates available until 29 August 2014
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 6 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
In the transactional world, contract drafting is an essential skill. But traditional contract drafting consists of copying, on faith, precedent contracts of uncertain quality and relevance. It follows that traditional contract language is full of archaisms, redundancies, chaotic verb structures, and misconceptions as to the utility of commonplace usages. And because contract drafting has consisted of copying, drafters have traditionally done without formal training or rigorous guidelines. An antidote to that dysfunction is Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar. This will be Adams’s first public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in the UK. This one-day course is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say. It is suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Adams has to say comes as news to even senior contracts professionals—don’t expect him to recycle the conventional wisdom! It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short drafting exercises.

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Patents in TelecomsUCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, with George Washington University, in partnership with GSMA and ETSI
Patents in Telecoms

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 November 2014

  • Key topics include The Future of Telecoms Regulation; Patent Buying and Selling; FRAND Defences and How to Calculate FRAND; Patent Assertation Entities; and Injunctions
  • Admission: Fees apply
  • Venue: George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 11.5 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB. Accreditation for US attorneys is being applied for.
The conference will be an unique gathering of industry, the judiciary and regulators from the US, Europe and Asia, chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property at UCL Laws) and Professor Marty Adelman, Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies of George Washington University’s Faculty of Law. The conference also includes an interview with Chief Justice Sharon Prost, two amazing panels with judges and regulators, and a 'chat show' panel with delegate questions put to the key players in the patents field.

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JudgesUCL Current Legal Problems Lectures
Pay (in)equity and agent (dis)incentives

Thursday 27 November 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speakers: Marc T Moore (University of Cambridge)
  • Chair: Professor Charlotte Villiers, Bristol
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
It is trite that recent decades have seen an explosion in levels of senior executive remuneration in public companies, both absolutely and relative to ordinary worker pay. A conspicuous corresponding trend over recent years, though, has been the development of a range of countervailing regulatory tools designed to mitigate this disparity within various national environments. These include regulatory pay ratio caps, bonus bans, and mandatory pay ratio disclosures. Notwithstanding these salient developments, prevailing legal and economic debates on executive and worker pay remain rooted in the dominant principal-agent paradigm of corporate governance, which consistently disputes the relevance of equitable or distributive fairness concerns to the essentially functional challenge of determining effective agent incentives. In this lecture I will take issue with the orthodox principal-agent perspective on pay equity, by demonstrating the centrality of equitable concerns to effective agent-incentive design, both at senior executive and ordinary worker levels.

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December 2014

JudgesUCL Current Legal Problems Lectures
Rethinking 'economic' derogations and justifications under the EU's free movement rules: Proposals for a new approach and a taxonomy

Thursday 4 December 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speakers: Professor Sue Arrowsmith (University of Nottingham)
  • Chair: Professor Paul Craig (University of Oxford)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
The European Court of Justice has stated in many cases a general principle that “economic” aims do not fall within the explicit derogations from the Treaty’s free movement rules, and also cannot constitute mandatory requirements or imperative reasons in the public interest that can justify measures that hinder trade. This paper will propose a taxonomy of the different kinds of measures that are economic in a broad sense, and propose for each different approaches to their treatment under the free movement rules.

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JudgesUCL Current Legal Problems Lectures
Mapping a new regulatory space: The case of managing water scarcity in the UK

Thursday 11 December 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speakers: Associate Professor Bettina Lange (University of Oxford)
  • Chair: Professor Maria Lee (UCL)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA (BSB pending)
This paper discusses key elements of an empirical socio-legal research project which analyses the legal regulation of water resources in the UK. The research project develops a critical analysis of legal regulatory strategies for preventing and managing water scarcity in the UK, and drought specifically. The key objective is to understand how specific economic and environmental science knowledge practices, such as cost-benefit analysis and strategic environmental assessment, inform the choice of particular drought management options, such as drought orders and temporary water use bans.

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