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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.

April 2014

FRANDUCL 2014 Quain Lectures:
From Personal Life to Private Law
by Prof. John Gardner (Oxford)

Monday 28 April 2014, Tuesday 29 April, Thursday 1 May from 6-7pm

  • 28 April 2014: That's the story of my life
  • 29 April 2014: Say it with flowers
  • 1 May 2014: The way things used to be
  • Chair: Professor John Tasioulas (UCL)
  • Venue: UCL Central Campus
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
John Gardner FBA is Professor of Jurisprudence and a Fellow of University College. He was formerly Reader in Legal Philosophy at King's College London (1996-2000), Fellow and Tutor in Law at Brasenose College, Oxford (1991-6) and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (1986-91). He has also held visiting positions at Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Texas, Princeton University, the Australian National University and the University of Auckland. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Legal Theory, Law and Philosophy, and The Journal of Moral Philosophy. Called to the Bar in 1988, he has been a Bencher of the Inner Temple since 2002 (although he does not practice).

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FRANDUCL Laws Legal History Special Lecture
Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 3-5pm

  • Speakers: Emeritus Prof. Norman S Poser, (Brooklyn Law School)
  • Chairs: Dr Ian S Williams (UCL)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
In the first modern biography of Lord Mansfield (1705-1793), Norman Poser details the turbulent political life of eighteenth-century Britain's most powerful judge, serving as chief justice for an unprecedented thirty-two years. His legal decisions launched England on the path to abolishing slavery and the slave trade, modernized commercial law in ways that helped establish Britain as the world's leading industrial and trading nation, and his vigorous opposition to the American colonists stoked Revolutionary fires. Norman will provide an illuminating account of one of the greatest legal minds, Lord Mansfield presents a vibrant look at Britain's Age of Reason through one of its central figures.

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May 2014

FRANDSocial & Legal Philosophy Colloquium
From Personal Life to Private Law

Friday 2 May 2014, 4-7pm

  • Speaker: Professor John Gardner (Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Oxford)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
John Gardner FBA is Professor of Jurisprudence and a Fellow of University College.

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FRANDCurrent Legal Problems Lecture
The Future of EU Social Policy

Thursday 8 May 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speaker: Professor Catherine Barnard (Cambridge)
  • Chair: Professor Hugh Collins (Oxford)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour SRA (BSB pending)
If the critics are right, the EU social model is dead and that’s the end of it. Those on the right may well be dancing on its grave; those more sympathetic might mourn its passing. My view is more sanguine. In this lecture I shall argue that the European social model is facing unprecedented challenges: to its very raison d’être and to its future. However, I will suggest that these challenges, caused in part by the EU’s response to the crisis but more generally resulting from a growing hostility towards the European Union project as a whole, are not terminal and that there is a continued role for European social policy. The lecture will examine first, why EU social policy is facing such difficulties, second, the EU’s long-standing ability to regenerate and resurrect itself in different guises in the field of social policy, and third, it will make some suggestions as to the form EU social policy might take going forward.

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FRANDFourth Annual UCL and Baker & McKenzie Lecture on International Law and Litigation
From opposition to acquiescence: The evolving attitude of African States towards judicial settlement of disputes

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6-7pm

  • Speaker: Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf (International Court of Justice)
  • Chair: Professor Philipps Sands QC (UCL)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour SRA (BSB pending)
Dr Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is a prominent Somali international lawywer and is currently a Judge at the International Court of Justice. Yusuf's previous positions include: Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs for UNESCO from March 2001 to January 2009, Legal Advisor (1994–1998) and Assistant Director General for African Affairs, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna (1998–2001), Representative and Head of the New York office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (1992–1994) and Chief of the Legal Policies Service of UNCTAD( 1987–1992), Lecturer in law at the Somali National University (1974–1981) and at the University of Geneva(1981–1983), and Somali delegate to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1975–1980).

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FRANDInstitute for Human Rights
Why Love Matters for Justice
A workshop on Martha Nussbaum's 'Political Emotions'

Saturday 31 May 2014,10am - 4pm

  • Speakers: Martha Nussbaum (Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School); Dr George Letsas (Reader in Philosophy of Law and Human Rights, UCL Laws, and Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights); Dr Amia Srinivasan (Examination Fellow, University of Oxford); and John Tasioulas, (Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, UCL Laws)
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Charges apply. Free for UCL Staff & Students
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD
Martha Nussbaum has for many years been at the forefront in exploring the nature of the emotions, their place in a flourishing human life, and their practical significance for politics and law. In her new book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (Harvard University Press, 2013), she turns her attention to the emotional roots of a liberal political order. According to Nussbaum, a political community can only survive if it is sustained by an emotional, and not a purely intellectual, commitment on the part of its members to its underlying principles of justice. However, fostering such a commitment poses a special challenge for a liberal society, since state action aimed at shaping citizens' emotions appears to threaten their autonomy. Liberal societies therefore appear to be caught in a bind, disabled from taking the measures needed to secure their continued survival over time. In Political Emotions, Nussbaum mounts an impressive argument to show how this challenge can be met, drawing on historical proposals for a public "civil religion" or "religion of humanity" by Rousseau, Comte, Mill and Tagore. She offers an account of how public emotions rooted in love - in intense attachments to things outside our control - can foster commitment to liberal goals, warding off the enemies of compassion, such as disgust and envy. Her book is rich with concrete proposals for the cultivation of emotions that support justice, using examples drawn from literature, music, political rhetoric, festivals, memorials and the design of public parks.

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June 2014

FRAND2014 Bentham House Conference
EU Commercial Maritime Law

Friday 6 June & Saturday 7 June 2014, 9 - 4pm each day

  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Charges apply
  • Accreditation: Accreditation for CPD is pending for this event
The title “EU Commercial Maritime Law” is a misnomer. There is a patchwork of different commercial maritime laws not just in the EU but around the world. However, the title is a true reflection of what many European scholars and practitioners in the field have long desired: a common framework of commercial maritime law within the EU. This two-day colloquium unravels the complexities of bridging the gap between common law and civil law in commercial maritime law and will discuss whether “EU Commercial Maritime Law” will remain a misnomer despite the countless attempts at harmonization. The colloquium brings together internationally renowned scholars to discuss the areas in which the common law and civil law are divided; the impact of these differences on the drafting and ratification of international conventions; the search for a common framework; and the procedural aspects of the common law and civil law divide in commercial maritime law.

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FRANDUCL Centre for Empirical Legal Studies, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, and the UCL Centre for Access to Justice
International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services

Thursday 19 June & Friday 20 June 2014, 8.30 - 6pm each day

  • Speakers: The conference will bring together researchers, policy makers and legal services professionals from across the world to share new findings, ideas and innovations in the access to justice sphere. Please see the programme
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Charges apply
  • Accreditation: Accreditation for CPD is pending for this event
The conference will provide a UK centred focus on the rapidly changing legal aid and public facing (principally social welfare) legal services market, to allow for knowledge exchange between stakeholders in the funding, availability and delivery of public legal services. In England and Wales, legal services and legal aid are in the midst of a period of unprecedented change, following the Legal Services Act 2007 and Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

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FRANDUCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
2014 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
Culture of the Public Domain - A Good Thing?

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 6 - 7.15pm

  • Speakers: Professor Hugh Hansen, Fordham Law School
  • Chair: The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob, UCL Laws
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Accreditation: Accreditation for CPD is pending for this event
Prof. Hugh Hansen is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in IP Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law and EU and International Intellectual Property Law. He also taught U.S. Constitutional Law for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of both the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Fordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, now in its 22nd year.

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