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Monday 13 December 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
UCL Careers Office: How to write successful applications
Patrice Ware
For UCL Laws Students Only
Monday 13 December 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe: Hot Topics in EU Law Series
Citizenship in the EU. Contrasting Dynamics at the Interface of Integration and Constitutionalism
Prof. Jo Shaw (Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, Dean of Research and Deputy Head, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA

Tuesday 14 December 2010

UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe: Hot Topics in EU Law Series
Europe and the Challenge of the Economic and Financial Crises: Lessons and Implications for Reform

Speaker: Prof. Loukas Tsoukalis (Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission; Jean Monnet Professor of European Organisation, University of Athens; President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Professor College of Europe, Bruges)
About this lecture
The financial crisis, and the ensuing economic recession, have undoubtedly triggered a reality check in a number of national and supranational policy making institutions and regulations. The EU has been no exception. Just months after the ratification and entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, heralded in some quarters as the best way to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century (EUInsight, 2009), there are renewed calls for political and institutional reforms for a Union that is visibly struggling in safely navigating all its components out of the recessions tumultuous waters. The recent financial crisis has also exposed the limits of fiscal and economic policy integration in the eurozone and raised questions about the role and future of the euro.

Especially since the Greek bail-out in May 2010, suggestions have ranged from bold calls for the EU to implement institutional reforms, including the necessary fiscal framework, that should have been made when the euro was launched (Stiglitz, 2010), to suggestions in favour of the creation of a European Monetary Fund (Schäuble 2010), to more modest proposals for a permanent and robust framework for crisis management (Barroso, 2010). At the same time, the European Commission and a number of Member States explore the possibility of a drastic reform of the regulation of banks and other financial institutions. It is clear that the global economic recession, and its regional repercussions in Europe, have triggered a renewed appetite for further reform of the European project. What is less clear is what type of reforms are necessary to address the emerging economic and political challenges, which actors ought to be involved, what mix of supranational and intergovernmental responses will be needed, and, ultimately, what sort of Europe will emerge from the current crisis.

The lecture seeks to explore precisely the aforementioned questions and offer original and interdisciplinary perspectives on what is a constantly evolving debate.

Thursday 9 December 2010
What is Family Law For?
Prof. Alison Diduck, UCL Laws
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA

Wendesday 8 December 2010
Centre for Law and the Environment Policy Seminar
The Enforcement of of EU Environmental Law - Myths and realities

Ludwig Kramer, Lecturer, College of Europe (Bruges) and Visiting Professor, UCL
Chaired by Prof. Richard Macrory, UCL Laws
Time: 6pm
Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws, Moot Court
For UCL Laws Students, UCL Graduates and other colleagues
Read more about the Policy Seminars
Tuesday 7 December 2010
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
Listening to foreign judges from far away places: Why the European Court of Human Rights is a good idea

Dr Basak Cali , UCL Political Science
Time: 1.15-1.55pm
Venue: UCL Dawin Lecture Theatre
Open to all and free of charge
Lectures will be streamed online or can be downloaded after the event
Read more about the UCL Lunch Hour Lectures
About this lecture:
The lecture will discuss the findings of a three year Economic and Social Research Council project studying the legitimacy and the authority of the European Court of Human Rights and will defend the importance of the Strasbourg Court for the political health of European states.

This lecture marks Human Rights Day on 10 December.
Monday 6 December 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Linklaters: Application Workshop

Time: 6pm
Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws, MLT
For UCL Laws Students Only
Thursday 2 December 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Insolvency Law and Insolvency Practice: Principles and Pragmatism Diverge?
Prof. Sandra Frisby, Baker & McKenzie Associate Professor of Company and Commercial Law, University of Nottingham
Chaired by Edward Walker-Arnott (Herbert Smith)
About this lecture
The past few years have seen an increasing interest in insolvency law and insolvency practice. The reforms brought about by the Enterprise Act 2002 have been discussed and evaluated at length and there have been renewed petitions for a revitalisation of the ‘rescue ideology’ which have now focused on the Company Voluntary Arrangement, the hitherto poor relation of the insolvency family of procedures. The rise and rise of the ‘pre-pack’ administration has seen arguably the most heated and public debate ever to materialise in relation to insolvency law.

This paper considers this debate and these developments and questions how far they mark an emerging discord between the basic principles upon which UK insolvency law is based and the practical responses of insolvency professionals to legislative initiatives and the real world exigencies of corporate insolvency that they encounter on a day to day basis. It does so by reference to, inter alia, the landmark account of the aims of a modern insolvency law found in the Cork Report of 1982, the championship, almost twenty years later, of the policy of corporate rescue and, finally, the author’s own empirical research into such matters as insolvency outcomes, pre-pack administrations and the company voluntary arrangement procedure.

The analysis includes an examination of the corporate rescue/business rescue dichotomy and the appropriateness or otherwise of recourse to fiduciary standards in relation to insolvency office holders. Its overall focus is, firstly, how far law and practice appear increasingly divorced in this particular context and, perhaps more importantly, whether any apparent retreat from pristine doctrine is justified by optimised outcomes in insolvency.

Wendesday 1 December 2010
Centre for Law and the Environment Policy Seminar
REACH for the Sky - The reality of implementing the new chemical laws

Peter Douben
Chaired by Prof. Richard Macrory, UCL Laws
For UCL Laws Students, UCL Graduates and other colleagues
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Monday 29 November 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme

For UCL Laws Students Only
Thursday 25 November 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
The Prisoners' Dilemma after the Coalition: Criminal Justice Policy and Political Systems
Prof. Nicola Lacey, Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory, London School of Economics

Tuesdays 23rd & 30th November 2010
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
Masterclass: The Protection of Famous Marks
taught by Dr Frederick Mostert, Chief Counsel, Richemont & Visiting Professor, UCL
Course of two sessions on Tuesdays 23 & 30 November 2010

View a recording of this event here

About the masterclass:
This Masterclass is designed to equip participants with a thorough understanding of the special legal protection granted to famous marks at the international level and in the US and European Union. It also introduces the challenges faced by famous marks on the internet, and the legal and practical means that famous mark holders have to control unauthorised used of their marks online.

The Masterclass is led by renowned expert in the field, Dr Frederick Mostert, Chief Counsel at Richemont (owner of brands including Cartier, Montblanc and Alfred Dunhill), former president of the International Trademark Association, author of the leading treatise on famous marks and visiting professor at UCL laws.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
UCL Labour Rights Institute
Precarious Working Lives - Labour Rights in Ken Loach's filmography: When Fiction meets Reality
Introduction by Prof. Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Dean, UCL Faculty of Laws)
Ken Loach
Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor – SOAS
Dr Ingrid Boccardi - UCL
Dr Nicola Countouris – UCL
Prof. Sonia McKay – London Metropolitan
Prof. Mark Freedland – Oxford
Mrs Jeanette Sainsbury – Thompsons Solicitors
About this lecture
This event highlights Ken Loach’s most poignant and insightful recent masterpieces on the intrinsic vulnerability of working lives in this brave new world (‘The Navigators’ (2001), ‘Bread and Roses’ (2000), ‘It’s a Free World’ (2007)). The Director, and a panel of labour law academics and practitioners discuss and elaborate on the thin red line that separates fiction from reality, dignity from exploitation, stability from precariousness, hope from despair.
Monday 22 November 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Weil Gotschal & Manges: Hot Legal Topics in 2010

For UCL Laws Students Only
Friday 19 November 2010
Global Competition Law Conference
UCL Centre for Law and Economics
Implementing Competition Law and Policy: Global Perspectives

The speakers at this event include heads of competition authority, policy makers, academics and practitioners from around the world

View the programme for this event
About this conference:
The recent adoption of competition law statutes in East and South Asia, culminating with the enactment of the Indian Competition Act and the Chinese Antimonopoly Law, mark a significant development to the global business community. Merger control, the application of competition law to unilateral conduct such as distribution agreements, competition issues in intellectual property rights, and state activities in the economy create important challenges in the enforcement of competition law in these two crucial markets for policymakers, corporations, law firms and economic consultancies. A number of panels and roundtables will examine these issues, composed by the international and local leaders of the competition/regulatory law and M&A practice.
Thursday 18 November 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Between Rules and Sanctions
Prof. Stephen Smith (McGill University)
Chaired by Prof. James Penner (UCL)
About this lecture
The law, as an institution, interacts with citizens in three main ways: by lawmakers enacting rules for the general population; by courts making orders directed at specific individuals; and by legal officials imposing sanctions on specific individuals. The first and the third of these activities have been studied extensively by legal scholars. By contrast, the practice of making orders has received almost no attention. Professor Smith's lecture attempts to remedy, or at least to begin to remedy, this imbalance in two ways. First, he attempts to answer the basic (though almost entirely ignored) question of why courts make orders at all. Focusing on final orders made in the context of private law litigation, he will argue that courts typically make orders for the same reason that lawmakers enact rules: to guide citizens' behaviour. Orders, however, are a distinctive means of guiding behaviour, which explains both why courts sometimes use them to replicate rule-based duties and why they sometimes use them to create new duties. The second part of the lecture attempts to illustrate the value of thinking about the court orders by applying the lessons of the first part to an analysis of one category of court orders-damages orders. Specifically, he will focus in the second part on the question of whether damages orders should be understood as giving effect to an existing rule-based duty to pay damages or whether, instead, they create the duty. In other words, is there a duty to pay damages?
Friday 12 November 2010
Centre for Law and the Environment with BRASS
Regulating Risk in New Technologies
Speakers include Carolyn Abbot (Manchester), Veerle Heyvaert (LSE), Liz Fisher (Oxford), Steven Vaughan (Cardiff), and Elen Stokes (Cardiff). The chair will be taken by Professor Maria Lee (UCL)
About this event
This seminar seeks to explore how concepts central to the discipline and discourse of risk regulation, such as transparency and stakeholder engagement, are translated in the face of new, unforeseen threats to health and the environment. Using case studies, it aims to throw new light onto questions of how these concepts are understood and applied and whether, at the frontiers of science, they need to be renegotiated.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Centre for Commercial Law with the Relationships Foundation
The Relational Business Charter:
Towards reform of corporate structure and behaviour

Dr Arad Reisberg, Director, UCL Centre for Commercial Law; Reader in Corporate and Financial Law & Vice Dean (Research)  

The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, former Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Dr Michael Schluter CBE, economist and Chief Executive, Relationships Global; 
Jonathan Rushworth, retired partner in a City of London law practice. 

About this event
Capitalism is being challenged. There is widespread discontent about many features of corporate structure and behaviour. ‘Ownerless’ companies are only kept in check, it seems, by a legal and regulatory framework, but regulators often seem to be a step behind the action. There are widening pay differentials between the high-paid and the low-paid, threatening long-term social instability. The long capital supply chain between the capital provider and the corporation means that there is often reward for the investor without responsibility or involvement. Consequences include short-termism by directors as they seek to meet the apparently insatiable appetite of investors for higher and immediate returns.

If the answer is not greater regulation, what other solution is on offer? The Relational Business Charter is an attempt to fill this gap. A Relational Ratings Agency is proposed to assess companies from published information on the ten points in the Charter. The Charter examines the quality of all significant stakeholder relationships, in particular those with investors, employees, customers, suppliers, the local community and wider society. It will rate companies in terms of their contribution to building social capital, their sustainability, and the extent to which they run themselves as a community.

The Relational assessment of companies should not be regarded as another burdensome box-ticking exercise. Quality of stakeholder relationships is key to long-term profitability so this assessment process offers significant potential benefits to companies. This is one reason why the new corporate governance code in South Africa has focused explicitly on relationships among stakeholders. The relationships model underlying the Charter is the result of nearly 20 years of research by Relationships Foundation in the UK, and has found traction in countries as far apart as Singapore and South Africa.

Monday 8 November 2010
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
How can Europe be a key player at a global level in the patent field? What is the role of the EPO?
with Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO)
Panel discussion with John Alty, Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Alasdair Poore, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) (tbc)
The chair will be taken by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob
Thursday 4 & Friday 5 November 2010
UCL's Centre for Law and the Environment and The University of Hong Kong
Climate Change Governance after Copenhagen

Time: 9 - 5pm
Venue: University of Hong Kong
This event is free of charge for those not requiring CPD hours.

View the Programme for this conference
About this conference:
Climate change is no longer an issue that merely concerns environmental lawyers. Responses to climate change, on both the mitigation and adaptation fronts, raise important regulatory and legal issues that cut across various areas of law, including administrative law, international law, competition law, to name a few. Climate change law is now recognised to be an emerging field in its own right, comprising sub-categories such as climate finance, climate litigation, climate refugee law and energy law. The key themes of this conference are:
  • Legal and regulatory responses to climate change
  • Climate justice
  • Climate finance
  • The international climate change regime and beyond: examining the role of non-state actors in climate change governance
  • Sustainable Cities – A comparison between Hong Kong and London
  • Adaptation
Thursday 4 November 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Understanding the Financial Crisis: Pay, Risk and Responsibility in the 21st Century
Prof. Alan Dignam, Professor of Corporate Law, Queen Mary University of London
Monday 1 November 2010
UCL Centre for Crimninal Law
Legal Advice in Police Stations
Professor Pascoe Pleasence (UCL)
Dr Layla Skinns (University of Sheffield)
Professor Michael Zander (LSE)
About this lecture:
This event will explore legal advice in the police station, 25 years after the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 created a statutory right of access to legal advice for suspects in police stations for the first time. Professor Pleasence and Dr Skinns will be presenting the results of their latest research with new and important quantitative and qualitative data. Professor Zander will comment on the results from his position of unique authority on PACE.
Monday 1 November 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Hogan Lovells: International Arbitration Panel Event

Time: 6pm
Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws, MLT
For UCL Laws Students Only
Tuesday 2 November 2010
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
Piracy: The Law of the High Seas

Mr Keith Michel, UCL Faculty of Laws
Lectures will be streamed online or can be downloaded after the event
Read more about the UCL Lunch Hour Lectures
About this lecture:
Somali pirates have taken to hijacking and ransoming commercial shipping while dozens of warships patrol the Gulf of Aden to repress their activities. Why do navies not just blow piracy suspects out of the water? Why are suspect pirates sometimes released? Who can put pirates on trial and why are European States transferring pirates to Kenya or the Seychelles for prosecution?
Tuesday 2 November 2010
Annual Mishcon Lecture
Do we need defence at all?
Simon Jenkins, journalist and author, chairman of the National Trust
Chair: Professor Vernon Bogdanor, University of Oxford
Wednesday 3 November 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Magic Circle Debate

Time: 6pm
Venue: UCL Gustave Tuck LT, Central Campus
For UCL Laws Students Only
Thursday 28 October 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
National Security and the Due Process of Law
Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law, University of Glasgow
About this lecture
It is often said that in constructing a counter-terrorism law that complies with the requirements of human rights, security and liberty are in tension with one another and must in some way be balanced. In "National Security and the Due Process of Law" I suggest that a "security versus due process" dynamic is at least as important as the theme of "security versus liberty". The lecture focuses on the ways in which English law struggles to accommodate security concerns within its framework of procedural fairness; insights drawn from EU law, which is rapidly gaining in importance in this field, are also examined. The argument opens with a brief consideration of the use of special advocates and of closed material before turning to examine three recent "litigation sagas" from the English courts which sharply illuminate the difficulties the law faces: Al Sweady on public interest immunity and the Ministry of Defence; Binyam Mohamed on intelligence sharing and obligations of disclosure; and Al Rawi on UK complicity in torture.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
WTO Scholars' Forum
Rights & Obligations in WTO Law
Professor Chi Carmody, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario
Chaired by Dr Andrew Lang, LSE
About this lecture:
The phrase "rights and obligations" recurs frequently in WTO law and suggests a fundamental dualism about WTO legal relations. Each WTO obligation is thought to be matched by a single, corresponding right. However, a close look at WTO law reveals that the phrase is, at best, a portmanteau term for a diversity of legal relations involving both rights and obligations, but also privileges and "no rights", powers and liabilities, immunities and disabilities. This talk seeks to illuminate the rich array of legal relationships under WTO law and to identify some issues arising from their recognition in WTO decision-making.
Monday 25 October 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Slaughter and May: Public Takeover Bid Case Study

Monday 25 October 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
The EU After Lisbon Debate
Moderator: David Rennie (Journalist, The Economist)
  • Timothy Kirkhope (Member of the European Parliament, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament)
  • Claude Moraes (Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Europe)
  • Andrew Duff (Member of the European Parliament, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe, spokesman on constitutional affairs)
  • Gabi Zimmer, (Member of the European Parliament, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left)
About the debate:
Almost a year after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, 6 months after the general election in the UK, and in view of the current budget/economic crisis it is time to discuss the future (and the finality) of the European Union project. Was Lisbon the final step of European integration? Is it time to transfer competences back to the Member States? Or will the EU become more state-like (possibly with a Commission which reflects the political majority in the EP; more EU competences in foreign relations, a clearance requirement for Member States' budgets, etc)? Or should the EU rather change its focus away from market integration and free trade towards a more socially just and equal Europe? What is attainable and what is desirable? We have invited four Members of the European Parliament representing different parts of the political spectrum to reflect on these questions in a debate that will be moderated by the experienced journalist Devid Rennie of the Economist (the Bagehot column, formerly contributing the Charlemagne column).

Each participant on the panel will be asked to deliver a five to seven minute long statement on how they see the future of the EU. On the basis of these statementsa discussion will follow. The debate will be open to the public for questions.

Monday 25 October 2010
UCL Centre for Law & Economics - Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture
Competition and Development: What competition law regime?
Prof. Abel Mateus, New University of Lisbon and former President, Portuguese Competition Authority
About this lecture:
Using a law and economics model of competition law enforcement we try to answer the following questions: What characterises the effectiveness of a competition law regime? How has competition law enforcement spread around the world? What factors limit the enforcement of competition law? And finally, what regimes for competition law and what are the pre-requisites for each one? Our econometric analysis confirm that democracy, the level of education and control of vested interests are the most important pre-requisites for a competition law regime, and its improvement is crucial for having a more effective regime. Quality of public administration and the regulatory system as well as of the judicial system and reduction of corruption are sub-factors that are central to enforcement.
Thursday 21 October 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Consent to Harm
Prof. Victor Tadros
, University of Warwick

Wednesday 20th October 2010
UCL Student Human Rights Programme (UCLSHRP)
Annual Round Table Discussion:
Internet & E-Rights: Challenges and Perspectives
Dr Rebecca Wong (Nottingham)
Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh (East Anglia)
Spyros Pappas (Brussels and Athens Bar)
Emily Laidlaw (LSE)

About this event:
With this event the UCLSHRP aims to present some of the major legal issues that are raised through the ongoing evolution of internet applications. 'Search engines responsibilities', 'private data', 'social networking' and 'net neutrality' are a few examples of themes that will be presented

About the UCLSHRP:
The UCL Student Human Rights Programme is a dynamic and pro-active human rights organisation. We are led by students and advised by human rights academics and professionals, with members from all walks of life. Because our human rights are worth protecting, UCL SHRP seeks to foster a vibrant culture of human rights within UCL and wider communities by initiating awareness, instigating debate and inspiring action.
Tuesday 19th October 2010
UCL Student Law Society
Junior Moot Final

to be judged by The Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond
For UCL Laws Students Only
Monday 18 October 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Clifford Chance: Day in the life of a corporate solicitor

For UCL Laws Students Only
Friday 15 October 2010
UCL Jurisprudence Review hosts International Gay Rights Panel
in association with Herbert Smith LLP
Gay Rights as Human Rights
Speakers include:
  • Peter Tatchell, global human rights activist, a co-founder of the LGBT
    direct action group OutRage! and regular contributor to The Guardian's
    Comment is Free section;
  • Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal, the oldest
    and largest gay rights organisation in the US;
  • Leslie Moran, professor of law at Birkbeck College, London;
  • Mayur Suresh, a practicing lawyer representing the Voices Against 377
    collective in the legal action against India's sodomy law; and
  • Robert Wintemute, professor of law at King's College London.
About this event:
The UCL Jurisprudence Review, the first student law journal of the United Kingdom, is proud to announce an international panel on Friday 15 October 2010 to look at whether gay rights can be imagined as human rights. In view of the ongoing gay rights debates around the world, the panel will explore some reasons behind the marginal status of gay issues within legal rights discourse.

About the Review:
UCL Jurisprudence Review is an annual collection of essays in jurisprudence published by an independent student group at the University College London Faculty of Laws. The panel celebrates the launch of the sixteenth volume of the Review, which has been published since 1994.

For information about the Review, please visit and or e-mail editor-in-chief, Yuvraj Joshi, at or follow 'UCL Jurisprudence Review' on Facebook.
Thursday 14 October 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
The Fiction of the Constructive Trust
William Swadling
, Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College and Reader in the Law of Property, University of Oxford
Accredited with 1 CPD hour

About this lecture:
In the nineteenth and even early twentieth centuries, contract textbooks routinely divided their subject-matter between 'Contracts Arising by Agreement' and 'Contracts Implied by Law'. Nowadays, no textbook speaks in such terms, it being almost universally acknowledged that implied by law contracts have no affinity whatever with the genuine variety. The material therein has long been dispersed to where it belongs, to texts and courses concerned with such things as Unjust Enrichment or Restitution for Wrongs, with the fiction of 'implied contract' routinely condemned for the pernicious influence it once exerted. The contrast with the law of trusts could not be more marked, for in textbooks on this subject, authors happily divide their treatments between trusts arising by declaration of a settlor and those arising by 'operation or construction' of law, with no apparent thought that they too might be dealing with a fiction. Indeed, one commentator has gone so far as to describe the constructive trust as 'the heart of the trust'. The dominant thinking seems to be that the constructive trust is a genuine trust, albeit one created by the courts rather than a settlor. This has led to unresolved difficulties in our law. Examples include the treatment of rights subject to such 'trusts' in insolvency, the supposed division between 'remedial' and 'institutional' constructive trusts, and a reluctance to bring 'constructive trusts' into existence for fear of the onerous duties they impose on their 'trustees'. This lecture argues that the genuine trust, and whatever it is presently found under the heading of 'constructive' trusts, will only be properly understood once the two are decoupled, the fiction of the 'constructive trust' laid bare, and the extraneous material expelled from the trusts books. This was done as long ago as the 1930s in the United States; such a development is long overdue in England. Indeed, the problem becomes more pressing as various civilian jurisdictions proceed to import the institution of the trust.
Monday 11 October 2010
UCL Student Law Society Careers Programme
Herbert Smith: Corporate Case Study

Time: 6pm
Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws, MLT
For UCL Laws Students Only
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October 2010
Institute for Global Law
Law, Religion and Education: Religious Freedom in the Sphere of Education
Speakers include: Professor Norman Doe, Professor Lucy Vickers, Peter Cumper, Professor Heinrich de Wall, Professor Michael Freeman, Dr Russell Sandberg, Dr Javier Oliva and many others.
About the conference:
This conference will examine the relationships between "Law, Religion and Education", addressing the accommodation of religious diversity as well as the content and meaning of education, notably religious education, in a human rights context. It will cover the key concepts of laïcité, discrimination and religious freedom; it will present the different models of religious regulation adopted in Europe, and different models of Church-State relations. General sessions will be followed by case studies targeting topical and controversial issues raised in various European jurisdictions under three different headings: defining religious beliefs, defining teaching content and religious symbols.
Thursday 7 October 2010
Current Legal Problems Lecture
'Which in Your Case You Have Not Got': Constitutionalism and Public Law Values at Home and Abroad
Prof. David Feldman
(Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge)
Chaired by Prof. Richard Rawlings (UCL)
Thursday 7 October 2010
Centre for Ethics and Law Annual Lecture
The Moral Limits of Markets
Speaker: Professor Michael Sandel, Harvard University
Introduced by Richard Alderman, Director, UK Serious Fraud Office
Thursday 23 September 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Economics (Public Policy Section)
Competition Law and Policy in Latin America
Chair: Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
Speakers include:
  • Paulo Montt (University of Santiago, Partner: Ferrada Nehme)
  • Julian Pena (University of Buenos Aires, Partner: Allende & Brea)
  • Javier Tapia (University College London, OFGEM)
  • Juan David Gutierrez (Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia))
About this event:
This event will be divided in two parts. Part one will provide a critical assessment of the enforcement of competition law in some key jurisdictions in Spanish-speaking Latin America focusing on cartel enforcement (in particular leniency policy), abuse of dominance, the intersection of competition law and regulation, merger control, private enforcement (including private actions for antitrust damages).

The second part will discuss horizontal approaches, including convergence and harmonisation of competition laws across Latin America, the influence of European and US models of Competition law (substance and enforcement) and the development of specific Latin American models.

Thursday 9 September 2010
UCL Centre for Ethics & Law with the Royal Academy of Engineering
The Governance of Autonomous Systems
Chair: Professor Maria Lee/, Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL

Topics and speakers include:

  • The Emergence of Autonomous Systems: an Overview Professor Noel Sharkey,Professor in Robotics and A.I. and Judge of 'Robot Wars'
  • Autonomous Technology and Social Choice
    Professor Andy Stirling, SPRU,University of Sussex
  • Regulation of Autonomous Systems
    Dr Veerle Heyvaert, Department of Law, LS
  • Industry View: the Opportunities and Risks of Developing Autonomous System
    Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal, FREng, Engineering Director Systems & Strategy, BAE Systems
  • Governance of Military Autonomous Systems
    Dr Chris Elliott FREng, Engineer and Barrister
About this Event:
Autonomous systems will become integral to a wide range of areas of technology in coming years. From transport, to the military, to healthcare and home help, systems capable of learning and performing decisions will be used with the aim of increasing safety, convenience and efficiency. They offer great benefits, but also demand guidance and control of their use to protect the interests of users and society in general. As disruptive technologies, current regulations will not easily translate to this field, and new models of governance must be developed. This event will build on the recent Royal Academy of Engineering publication, Autonomous Systems: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues and discuss the ethical, social and legal issues concerning the design, development, implementation and use of autonomous systems. Issues for discussion will encompass the place that autonomous systems will have in our lives; the challenges in developing a regulatory framework to govern the use of autonomous systems; the roles of the public, legislators and industry in the regulation of autonomous systems
Thursday 9 September 2010
UCL Centre for International Courts & Tribunals
Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process and Politics

Speakers include:
Professor Philippe Sands (University College London)
Professor Kate Malleson (Queen Mary, University of London
Judge Abdulaqwi Yusuf (ICJ)
Judge Kenneth Keith (ICJ)
Judge Adrian Fulford (ICC) [tbc]
About this Event:
Over the past three years the Centre for International Courts & Tribunals at UCL has been engaged in a research project on 'Process and Legitimacy in the Nomination, Election and Appointment of International Judges'. This event discusses the findings of the research project and launches the final report.
Thursday 2 & Friday 3 September 2010
UCL Centre for Criminal Law
Two-day Conference
Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms

Speakers include:
  • Lawrence Alexander (San Diego)
  • Ian Dennis (UCL)
  • Anthony Duff (Stirling)
  • Jeremy Horder (Law Commission)
  • Peter Ramsay (LSE)
  • Jonathan Rogers (UCL)
  • Stephen Shute (Sussex)
  • Andrew Simester (Singapore)
  • John Stanton-Ife (KCL)
  • Robert Sullivan (UCL)
  • Malcolm Thorburn (Queen's University, Kingston)
  • Shlomit Wallerstein (Oxford University)
  • Clive Walker (Leeds)
  • Martin Wasik (Keele)
  • Lucia Zedner (Oxford)
About this conference:
The papers presented at this conference will analyse the issues of principle and policy that are raised by the increasing use of state resources to prevent the commission of criminal acts that may be committed at some future and uncertain point in time. Critical examinations will be made of the extensive use of covert surveillance, of coercive interventions under the criminal and civil law at points well in advance of any realised harm, and the use of imprisonment not as punishment for harms done but to prevent  harms that might be done.The aim of the conference is to inform criminal law justice policy makers and scholars of the nature and extent of these preventative measures. The objective will to increase the capacity of these communities to make informed assessments of the efficacy of these measures and their ethical and policy implications. This objective will be assisted by the undertaking of a leading legal publisher to publish a monograph based on the conference papers. 
Thursday 7 July 2010
2010 Jevons Institute Colloquium
Competition in Digital Media and the Internet: The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation

Full day conference with a broad range of speakers including Joaquin Almunia, Competition Commissioner (European Commission); John Fingleton, OFT's Chief Executive; Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive;  Per Hellstrom of DG Competition at the European Commission; Heather Clayton, Senior Director of OFT and responsible for the OFT recent study on online targeting; Jon Baker, Professor at the American University; Andrea Coscelli, Director of Competition Economics at Ofcom, Pamela Harbour, former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission and others

About the Colloquium: 
The 2010 Jevons Colloquium will be devoted to Competition in Digital Media and the Internet - The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation. This sector is going through change at an unprecedented pace.  Traditional business are challenged, new market forces are emerging and consumer behaviour is changing and adapting to a novel setting.  This creates a complex set of interrelated issues which range from analysis of market power, to data protection and privacy, incentivising content and infrastructure investment and innovation but, at the same time, protecting consumers. 
This Colloquium will bring together head of authorities, senior enforcers, business representatives, academics, and the leading experts from the EU and US to discuss this set of issues. 
Monday 5 & Tuesdy 6 July 2010
UCL Current Legal Issues Colloquium
Law and Childhood Studies

Full programme of speakers from: University of Otago, University of Manitoba, University College Dublin, University of Sussex, Queen's University Belfast, University of the Western Cape, Institute of Education, University of Reading, Southern Cross University, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, University of Kent, ANU College of Law, London School of Economics, University of Kurt Bosch, University of Milan, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Oxford, Queensland University of Technology, Queen Mary University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Helsinki, Brock University Canada, University of Cambridge.
Time: 9 - 7pm
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Thursday 1 July 2010
Annual UCL / Bindman Lecture
New Rights for Old: Is it time to trade in the Human Rights Act?

Chaired by Robin Lustig
Vera Baird QC MP, Solicitor General
Prof. Vernon Bogdanor CBE, FBA, Professor of Government & Politics, University of Oxford
Ministry of Justice Representative - TBC
About the Debate: 
The Coalition programme for government says that:

We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British liberties. We will seek to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.

This is the background against which the debate will take place

Wednesday 23 June 2010
UCL Centre for Criminal Law with The Whitehall & Industry Group and Kingsley Napley LLP
The Bribery Act 2010

Introduction: Mark Gibson CB (The Whitehall & Industry Group)
Speaker: Richard Alderman (Director, Serious Fraud Office)
Panel: Prof. Robert Sullivan (UCL) and Stephen Gentle (Kingsley Napley)
Chair: Prof. Ian Dennis (UCL)
About the lecture: 
After 13 years of delays and countless consultations, the Bribery Bill finally received Royal Assent giving the UK some of the toughest anti-corruption powers in the world. The Act, which introduces a number of measures, including a specific offence of bribing public officials and a new corporate offence, if employees, consultants, subsidiaries or joint ventures are found to have paid bribes; is designed to toughen up the UK’s stance on corruption. Importantly, this new corporate offence also applies to foreign companies operating in the UK. With potential penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment for Company Directors and unlimited fines, the Act will herald a new regime in the way companies tackle bribery.

This event will explore the Act in detail and examine its impact. Richard Alderman will then illustrate how the Act will assist the Serious Fraud Office in tackling bribery and corruption in the future. With the Act due to come into force later this year and the Ministry of Justice still to publish procedural guidance, it is essential that organisations prepare for the changes that lie ahead.

Monday 21 June 2010
UK Constitutional Law Group
Academic Freedom and the Law

Academic Freedom in UK Law
Professor Malcolm Grant CBE, Provost & President, UCL
Academic Freedom in German and US Constitutional Law
Professor Eric Barendt, UCL Faculty of Laws
Chaired by Sir Stephen Sedley, Lord Justice of Appeal


Tuesday 15 June 2010
UCL Centre for Ethics and Law Seminar
Expertise in Ethics and Risk Regulation

Speaker: Prof Maria Lee (UCL)
Discussant: Prof. John Adams (Emeritus Professor of Geography, UCL)
Chaired by Dr Sylvie Delacroix (Director, Centre for Ethics & Law)

About the lecture: 
Following many years of argument, it is now generally accepted by decision makers that the ethical aspects of a new technology may be a legitimate element of risk regulation. However, it has proven difficult to integrate ethical concerns into regulatory decision making. Providing decision makers with access to ethical expertise, alongside expertise in other disciplines such as economics, risk assessment or law, is one response to this dilemma. But expertise in ethics has a controversial place in the regulatory process. The EU regulation of nanotechnology provides a case study through which to explore the role of ethical debate in risk regulation.

Tuesday 15 June 2010
UCL Institute for Brand and Innovation Law
The Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture:

From National Patent Litigation to a European Patent Court - A Dream, A Wish or Soon Reality?
Speaker: Mr Raimund Lutz,
President of the German Federal Patent Court, Munich

About the lecture: 
For more than four decades experts and politicians have endeavored to create a European Patent Court. Such a European Patent Litigation System would be indispensable for a future Community Patent, or as it is now called, an EU-Patent. Some also believe it would be desirable to make this court responsible for the European Bundle Patents in order to unify the decisions made regarding the whole of these bundles. 

President Lutz will discuss the status and future of this project, as well as possible alternatives to some of the details of the proposed solutions.

Tuesday 15 June 2010
UCL Institute for Human Rights with King's College London and the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights
The Idea of Human Rights & Foreign Policy - Panel Discussion

Panel includes: Dr Katrin Flikschuh (LSE)
Prof Henry Shue (Oxford University)
Prof Charles Beitz (Princeton University)
Prof Joseph Raz (Oxford University & Columbia University)
Prof David Held (LSE)
Prof John Tasioulas (Oxford University)
Chaired by Prof Leif Wenar (King's College London)

About the lecture: 
This free public event brings together leading theorists of politics and law to discuss the nature and importance of human rights. The speakers will discuss their positions on human rights and answer questions from the audience

Wednesday 2 June 2010
UCL Institute for Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Law with 3-4 South Square
Advanced Insolvency Law

Robin Dicker QC, 3-4 South Square
on Discharge of debts by foreign insolvency processes
Prof. Robert Stevens, UCL
on Equitable assignments of non-assignable debts 
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

This seminar assesses current issues and challenges affecting the governance practices of listed UK companies in light of the Companies Act 2006 and more recent regulatory initiatives in the field. In particular, the Panel of experts will discuss the inter-relationship between statutory, common law and "soft law" (e.g. the Combined Code) rules in establishing behavioural norms and expectations applicable to corporate directors and officers today.
Tuesday 1 June 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Economics
US Antitrust Law under the Obama Administration: One year on

Prof Eleanor Fox, New York University School of Law;
Prof Andrew Gavil, Howard University School of Law (TBC);
Prof Maurice Stucke, University of Tennessee College of Law;
Prof Spencer Weber Waller, Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law  
Chaired by Dr Ioannis Lianos

Thursday 27 May 2010 -
UCL Institute for Human Rights & The Equal Rights Trust
Will Obama Deliver on Equality?

Professor Theodore M. Shaw, Columbia Law School
Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, Emeritus Professor of Law, Emeritus Master of Clare College, University of Cambridge, Chair of The Equal Rights Trust 
About this lecture
The election of President Obama signaled a dramatic, sudden, and for many, a still unthinkable watershed in U.S. history. Ironically, President Obama may have less maneuvering room on issues of race than his predecessors. Pilloried by an emboldened Right, and hamstrung by an ideologically fractured and often incoherent Democratic Party, he cannot afford to carry the water on issues of racial justice. He risks criticism from those who are all too ready to paint him as a "special interest President" whose main agenda is identity politics. On the other hand, as he moves to avoid the trap of race politics, he risks ignoring the continuing place of race in American life. He is inevitably a target of progressives and conservatives on a range of issues, but  hamstrung on race in a  peculiar and profound manner.

The old U.S., with all of its historical baggage that it has yet to shed, has collided with the Twenty-First Century U.S., with its new demographics in which traditionally dominant constituencies have been and are being reshaped by immigration and empowerment of once subordinated groups. The challenge is not one that requires us to gouge out our eyes so as not to see the continued realities of racial inequality; the challenge is to see race, and having seen it, to find our way to a vision of an inclusive and just society. 

Tuesday 25 May 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
Harmonisation in the European Market: The tax policy of the new Commissioner (2010-2014)

Speakers: Professor Dr Patricia Lampreave, International tax expert, and Professor of Tax Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid
Chair: Professor Joanne Scott, UCL
About this seminar
On January 12, 2010, under the provisions of the existing Treaty of Lisbon was presented at the European Parliament the new Commissioner designate for coordinating the Directorate General for Taxation - TAXUD. He will be also in charge of customs union, audit and anti-fraud. Mr. Semeta is supported by extensive experience in taxation, having been the finance minister in Lithuania between December 2008 and June 2009 (and previously between February 1997 and June 1999). In relation with the 'new tax policy program for 2010-2014' presented by Mr. Semeta, part of the European Parliament considered that lacked of any new proposals or any plan of action beyond the mere expression of intent.

This talk will analyze the difficulties in adopting tax measures within the European Union because of the required unanimity vote, and Semeta's priorities for the coming years ( as fight against tax fraud, approve of proposed amendments to the saving tax directive, prevent against harmful tax competition, adopt a financial transaction tax and a green tax, incorporate a common corporate tax base applicable in all Member States, solve problems of double taxation or promote of good governance). It will consider that if Mr. Semeta achieves a common agreement related to the most relevant ongoing tax proposals, his mandate could be considered successful.

Friday 21 May (5-7pm) & Saturday 22 May 2010 (10am - 6pm)
UCL Centre for Law and Economics Conference:
Competition and Consumer Protection / Information Exchange Agreements
A conference in Nicosia (Cyprus) bringing together an international panel of speakers including Bernard Amory, Jones Day; Georgios Arestis, European Court of Justice; Matthew Bennett, UK Office of Fair Trading; Antonio Capobianco, OECD; Michal Gal, University of Haifa; Judge Frederic Jenny, OECD, Cour de Cassation; Professor John Kallaugher, Latham & Watkins and UCL; Assimakis Komninos, Hellenic Competition Commission; Professor Valentine Korah, UCL; Bill Kovacic, US Federal Trade Commission; Kai Uwe Kuhn, University of Michigan; Ioannis Lianos, UCL; Paolisa Nebbia, Italian Competition Authority; Petko Nikolov, Bulgarian Competition Authority; Alison Oldale, UK Competition Commission; Aleksandra Ossowska, European Commission, DG Comp; Jorge Padilla, LECG; Savvas Papasavvas, General Court of the EU; Robbert Snelders, Cleary Gottlieb; Jules Stuyck, University of Leuven; Avishalom Tor, University of Haifa; Thibaut Vergé, French Competition Council 

Tuesday 18 May 2010
Bentham Association Networking Event
Summer Networking Party, hosted by SJ Berwin LLP

Bentham Association Event
The Bentham Association is the UCL Laws alumni group.

Monday 17 May 2010
WTO Scholars' Forum
WTO Research Students Networking Event
organised by Dr Fiona Smith

About this event:
The WTO Scholars Forum is holding a networking event on Monday 17th May 2-5pm at UCL for PhD students who are working in the area of WTO  law and policy.

The event is designed to bring students together who are working on WTO  law and policy in their theses to create a network and also to discuss  the possibility of setting up a series of specialist seminars where the  students  can present their work in front of their peers chaired by a  specialist in the field.

Tuesday 13 May 2010
Co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
Examining the Relationship between Migration and Security
Prof. Elspeth Guild (University of Nijmegen; Partner, Kingsley Napley)
Discussant :
Anneliese Baldaccini, Executive Officer Amnesty International EU




Abstract : Migration and security have a troubled relationship both in law and politics in Europe today. As the UK General Election looms, the debate in the UK around migration - both within the EU and from outside it - seems destined to attract much attention. In this presentation I will examine the multiple meanings of migration in the UK and EU: what does it mean to be a citizen, a foreigner or a migrant, where and why? In this inquiry the question of security becomes central: what security concerns are revealed by the way in which individuals are categorised and to what ends?

About the speaker : Elspeth Guild is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of European immigration law.  She is Professor of European Migration Law at the University of Nijmegen, a Partner at Kingsley Napley and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies. She is also a visiting professor at the LSE in London and at the College of Europe, Bruges. She previously acted as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Inquiry into Economic Migration in the EU, and is involved in training judges in EU law. She is frequently requested to make submissions to parliamentary committees on the subject and she acts as an expert to international organisations such as the European Commission, UNHCR, and the Council of Europe. Her most recent monograph is Security and Migration in the 21st Century (Polity, 2009).

About the discussant : Anneliese Baldaccini is Executive Officer Asylum and Immigration at Amnesty International EU in Brussels. She was formerly a committee specialist for the House of Lords European Union Committee and JUSTICE's human rights legal officer

Wednesday 12 May 2010
Centre for Commercial Law: The Companies Act 2006 Seminar Series
Beyond the Crisis: Current Issues in Corporate Governance

  • Chair, Dr Arad Reisberg
    (Vice-Dean, UCL & Director, UCL Centre for Commercial Law) 
  • Daragh Fagan 
    (Thomson Reuters)
  • Nick Gould 
    (Ince & Co)
  • Professor John Lowry 
    (Professor of the Law at UCL and Vice-Dean)
  • Dr Marc Moore 
    (Lecturer in laws at UCL)
  • Richard Smith
    (Slaughter and May LLP) 
About this seminar
This seminar assesses current issues and challenges affecting the governance practices of listed UK companies in light of the Companies Act 2006 and more recent regulatory initiatives in the field. In particular, the Panel of experts will discuss the inter-relationship between statutory, common law and "soft law" (e.g. the Combined Code) rules in establishing behavioural norms and expectations applicable to corporate directors and officers today.
Tuesday 11 May 2010
Centre for Criminal Law
Are Juries Fair?

Speaker: Professor Cheryl Thomas, UCL Faculty of Laws
Prof. Michael Zander, LSE
David Perry QC, 6 King's Bench Walk
Free of charge and Accredited with 1.5 CPD hours

About this seminar
The Ministry of Justice has recently published a major report by Professor Cheryl Thomas, "Are Juries Fair?". The report sets out the findings of a large-scale research project designed to explore the fairness of jury decision-making. Professor Thomas's findings do much to clarify contested claims about jury behaviour and dispel a number of popular myths about the willingness of juries to convict in certain courts and in certain types of crime. The findings also provide valuable data about the current workings of the criminal justice system. At the same time the report highlights some issues for concern, where further research would be desirable. The publication of the report made headline news and it is destined to set the agenda for future discussion of the process and outcomes of jury trial. This seminar offers an unrivalled opportunity to hear Professor Thomas present her report and discuss its findings with the assistance of expert commentary from Professor Michael Zander, member of the former Royal Commissions on Criminal Procedure and Criminal Justice, and David Perry QC, a leading criminal silk who has appeared in many major jury trials.
Monday 10 May 2010
UCL Institute for Human Rights
Who deserves to stay on the UN Human Rights Council? The record on women's rights

Leisl Gerntholtz (Women's Rights Director, Human Rights Watch)
Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (Director, UCL Institute for Human Rights)
Martha Jean Baker (International Vice-President, WILPF)
plus representatives from the Embassy of France, the High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the High Commission of India

About this seminar
The UN Human Rights Council, now 5 years old, has failed to provide the higher degree of transparency we hoped for from its Member States. Prior to its formal review (March 2011), we examine its record and invite the views of some of its members on their contribution to its work and development and to related advances in their domestic legislation, especially regarding women’s rights. A reception will follow the meeting to which all are invited.
Thursday 15 & Friday 16 April 2010
UCL Faculty of Laws and Hong Kong University
Civil Justice Reform: What has it achieved?

The speakers at the conference include, amongst others:

  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Li, GBM, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, HK
  • Mr. Wong Yan Lung, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice, HK
  • The Rt Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls, England & Wales
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Ma, Chief Judge of the High Court, HK
  • The Rt Honourable Lord Justice Jackson, Lord Justice of Appeal, England & Wales
  • The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan, Chief Judge at Common Law, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
  • Professor Malcolm Grant, President and Provost of University College London, UK
  • Professor Dame Hazel Genn, DBE, QC (Hon), FBA, Dean of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University College London, UK
Time: 9am-6pm
Venue: Conrad, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Accredited with 6 CPD hour per day
About this conference
The main themes of the conference from both a Hong Kong and international comparative perspective are:
  • An Overview of Civil Justice Reforms
  • Litigation Processes and Efficiency
  • Access to Justice
  • Case Management

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Friday 19 March 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
The EU after Lisbon:
European Ombudsman and Good Administration Post-Lisbon

Professor Nikiforos Diamantouros (The European Ombudsman)
introduced by Professor Joanne Scott
Friday 19 March 2010
UCL Institute for Human Rights & UCL Human Rights Review
The Interpretation of Convention Rights: Universal Standards or National Application?

Judge Christos Rozakis, Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Steven Greer, Professor of Human Rights, University of Bristol.
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
About this event
The UCL Human Rights Review spearheads the academic facet of our culture of human rights and invigorates human rights academia by publishing original contributions by students and human rights professionals together in one journal. The entirely student-led editorial team, supported by an academic Advisory Board, are proud to launch the second edition of this review, which includes articles from Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, and the European Court of Human Rights Vice-President, Judge Christos Rozakis. The evening will begin with a brief introduction to the edition by our chair Dr George Letsas, followed by a panel discussion of a few key articles on the subject of the interpretation of Convention Rights within a national legal system, especially those of Judge Rozakis and Eric Metcalfe that engage with Lord Hoffmann’s infamous speech to the Judicial Studies Board, ‘The Universality of Human Rights,’ concerning the national application of the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights. Panelists include Judge Rozakis, Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as Professor Steven Greer, professor of Human Rights Law University of Bristol.
Thursday 18 March 2010
Distrust: Our Fear of Trusts in the Commercial World

Professor Rob Chambers, UCL
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
About this lecture
This lecture deals with the objections raised to the use of the trust as a remedy in commercial contexts, including cases of restitution of unjust enrichment and cases of specific performance of land contracts. There are two sorts of objections: either that the claimant should not have an equitable interest in assets in the defendant's hands, or that the claimant's interest should not be regarded as a trust. Both were raised by Lord Browne-Wilkinson in Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington LBC [1996] AC 669. Particular aspects of the trustee-beneficiary relationship will be examined and it will be argued that many apply only to typical express trusts. By isolating those aspects of the relationship that can apply to constructive and resulting trusts, we can properly evaluate the objections to the use of those trusts.
Wednesday 17 March 2010
UCL Bentham Association (Laws Alumni Group)
Presidential Address and Dinner
The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead
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Wednesday 17 March 2010
UCL Institute for Human Rights: Documentary Screening
'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo'
followed by a Q&A session with
Omar Deghayes (former prisoner)
Andy Worthington (journalist/director)
Philippe Sands QC (Professor of International Law, UCL
Wednesday 17 March 2010
Judicial Control of Standard Terms and European Private Law: A Law & Economics Perspective on the Draft Common Frame of Reference for a European Private Law
Dr. Patrick C. Leyens, University of Hamburg 
About this lecture
With the Draft Common Frame of Reference of European Private Law updated in 2009, the European Union is striving for a uniform legal framework for judicial control of standard terms. The draft offers a chance to point out perspectives for European private law from the view of law and economics without being burdened by the constraints of current national laws or European directives. The basic issue to be dealt with is the question for the regulatory purpose of judicial clause control, which is not to be found in superior market power on the part of the user of standard terms. Rather, the informational asymmetries which cannot or can only partially be overcome by market mechanisms, are the justification for judicial intervention in the private allocation of risks via standard terms. On this basis, perspectives for the future development of the European and national understanding of the law of standard terms will be presented: we will suggest a form of clause control limited to the positive contract value-information cost-relationship together with a control cap for business contracts, an equal standard for controlling consumer and business contracts, and, a differentiating approach towards preserving a clause by adjusting the excessive risk allocation to a permissible maximum (salvatory reduction).
Friday 12 March 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
Immigration and the EU after the Lisbon Treaty

Claude Moraes MEP (Vice-Chairman of LIBE Committee)
introduced by Dr Ingrid Boccardi (UCL)

Thursday 11 March 2010
Current Legal Problems
The European Convention of Human Rights as a source of French Constitutional Law

Professor Guy Scoffoni, University of Aix-en-Provence and UCLA
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

Thursday 11 March 2010
Constitutional Law Group / RUSI Clifford Chance Conference
Surveillance and the Information Society

Speakers include:
Professor Dawn Oliver
(Convenor Constitutional Law Group), Michael Smyth CBE (Head of Public Policy Clifford Chance), Michael Clarke (Director, Royal United Services Institute), Christopher Graham (The Information Commissioner), Professor John Fitzpatrick OBE (Kent Law School), Eric Metcalfe (Human Rights Policy Director, JUSTICE), Sir David Omand GCB, Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC (Security Minister), Lord King of Bridgwater CH (TBC), Sebastian Payne (Barrister, Kent School of Law), Sam Lincoln (Office of the Surveillance Commissioners), and Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG (Shadow Security Minister)
Accredited with 6 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
About the Conference
When the history of the late 20th and early 21st century is written a dominant theme will be the transformation of society by technology. Work practices of business and government and the ease by which individuals communicate have been revolutionised by the computer, mobile telephony and the internet. Information can be accessed instantly and largely stripped of its privileged access and mediation by experts.

Alongside the positive elements of the Information Society is its dark shadow: the Surveillance Society. Governments and private organisations have an unparalleled opportunity to monitor our communications, our physical movements by way of CCTV and mobile telephone signals and our habits and preferences by sophisticated and secret analysis of our internet traffic.
Wednesday 10 March 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Treaty Interpretation and English Law: Some progress to date and some challenges to come
Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
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Monday 8 March 2010

UK Constitutional Law Group
Academic Freedom and the Law

chaired by Sir Patrick Elias, Lord Justice of Appeal
Academic Freedom in UK Law
Professor Malcolm Grant, CBE, Provost and President, UCL
Academic Freedom in German and US Constitutional Law
Professor Eric Barendt, Faculty of Laws, UCL

More about the UK Constitutional Law Group

Monday 8 March 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
Free Movement of Persons and the Lisbon Treaty

Dr Eleanor Spaventa (University of Durham)
introduced by Dr Nicola Countouris
Friday 5 March 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Professor Aileen McColgan (King's College London)

Thursday 4 March 2010
Current Legal Problems
Corporate Law in the UK after Recent Reforms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dr Arad Reisberg, UCL
Chair: Prof. Dan Prentice, UCL / Oxford / Erskine Chambers
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

Wednesday 3 March 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Sources of Law and Internal Armed Conflict
Dr Sandy Sivakumaran, University of Nottingham
Time: 6pm
Venue: MLT, UCL Law Faculty
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board (those registering for CPD credit are asked to contribute £15 towards the costs of accreditation, payment in cash at the event)
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Wednesday 3 March 2010
UCLInstitute for Global Law and the UCL Centre for Law and Economics
Free Movement of Judgments: Increasing Deterrence of International Cartels through Jurisdictional Reliance
Professor Michal Gal, Haifa University
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

About this lecture:
This lecture challenges the conventional wisdom that not much can be done under the existing atomistic system of antitrust enforcement to solve the problem of sub-optimal deterrence of international cartels.

Low deterrence results from two main facts: first, international cartels are generally prosecuted by only a fraction of the jurisdictions harmed by them. Second, monetary sanctions imposed by those jurisdictions are generally based only on the harm incurred to their domestic markets.

To solve this problem, this lecture proposes a novel legal tool that would enable countries to adopt and rely upon foreign findings of international hard-core cartels, provided that the foreign decisions meet criteria that ensure that such reliance is reasonable and fair. As elaborated, this free movement of judgments holds potential to overcome the main obstacles to efficient deterrence and to significantly increase both domestic as well as global welfare. Its costs can be overcome to a great extent by designing appropriate solutions. The political implications are also not prohibitive. As shown, jurisdictions already rely on foreign judgments that do not significantly differ from the decisions at hand.

Thursday 25 February 2010
UK Constitutional Law Group
The Purity of Elections: Continuing Causes for Concern

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Director Democratic Audit and Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Liverpool.
Matthew Oliver, Coordinator, Unlock Democracy's Stamp out Voting Fraud Campaign
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room LG2, UCL Laws
Open to members of the UK Constitutional Law Group

More about the UK Constitutional Law Group

Thursday 25 February 2010
Current Legal Problems
No-oral-modification clauses and the DCFR
- Are oral contracts 'not worth the paper they are written on', or do they bring 'back through the window' what was 'put out by the door'?
Dr Florian Wagner-von Papp, UCL
Chair: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mance
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

About this lecture
Clauses that require contract modifications to be in writing are relatively common ('no variation except in writing' or 'no-oral-modification' = NOM-clauses). Many legal systems and legal instruments have addressed the question whether a subsequent oral modification is valid despite such clauses, based on the premise that 'those who make a contract may unmake it', or whether NOM-clauses should be enforced. This raises the broader question to what extent contract parties should be able to limit their future autonomy. The lecture will discuss the provision dealing with NOM-clauses in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR II.-4:105) from a comparative and economic perspective.
Tuesday 23 February 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
Lisbon and the Recovery of Representative Democracy
Professor Damian Chalmers (LSE)
introduced by Professor Richard Rawlings (UCL)
Wednesday 24 February 2010
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
Trade Marks and the Internet
Professor Graham Dinwoodie (Oxford) - Chair, Frederick Mostert (Richemont Group), Cedric Manara (EDHEC, France), Henry Carr (11 South Square Chambers) and Harjinder Obhi (Google)
Accredited with 2 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
Wednesday 24 February 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Applicable Law in International Law
Dr Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
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Thursday 11 February 2010
Current Legal Problems
Law, Regulation and Public Health Research: A case for fundamental reform?

Prof. Jean McHale, University of Birmingham
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
Free of charge and open to the public
Wednesday 10 February 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Recalibrating International Investmnet Agreements: Investor Rights, Home State Obligations and the Host State's Right to Regulate
Professor Peter Muchlinski, SOAS
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
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Tuesday 9 February 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
The Lisbon Treaty and the expanding EU Competences
Professor Takis Tridimas (Queen Mary, University of London)
introduced by Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
Thursday 4 February 2010
Current Legal Problems
Spies Like Us? Freedom of Speech and Restitutionary Remedies.

Prof. Eoin O'Dell, Trinity College Dublin
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
Free of charge and open to the public


Thursday 4 February 2010
Cartel Sactions and the Balance of Optimal Enforcement
Judge Douglas Ginsburg (US Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit)
John Fingleton (Office of Fair Trading)
Ewoud Sakkers (Head of Cartels Unit, DG Comp. European Commission)
Chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
Accredited with 2 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

About this event:
Use of cartel sanctions and the effectiveness of public and private enforcement against cartels is coming under renewed scrutiny. Some of the issues that are being considered in Europe include: enhanced penalties for recidivism, full waivers for leniency applicants who are also ringleaders, co-operation outside the leniency process, the role of private damages and the issue of parent-company liability. The issue of criminal sanctions is being considered at national level. The incoming Commissioner Almunia and DG Comp will have to tackle all these issues in the coming months. These themes have implications also national level for both national authorities and courts, particularly in the UK where private damages are taking off and cartelists can be exposed to criminal prosecutions. Judge Douglas Ginsburg of US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will discuss some of those issues from a US and international perspective and the Jevons Forum will include contributions from John Fingleton of the OFT, Ewatt Sakker of the European Commission and a judge from the newly-renamed EU General Court. Sir Christopher Bellamy a former CFI judge and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal will chair the debate.
Wednesday 3 February 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Revisiting a landmark: The continuing relevance of the Barcelona Traction judgment
Professor Christian Tams, University of Glasgow
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board (those registering for CPD credit are asked to contribute £15 towards the costs of accreditation, payment in cash at the event)
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Wednesday 3 February 2010
UCL Centre for Commercial Law
The Increasing Role of Gatekeepers in Modern Markets: Rating Agency and Trusted Third Parties in the Electronic Environment
Dr. Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Dr. Manuel Alba Fernandez, both, Interim Associate Professor of Commercial Law, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board
Thursday 28 January 2010
Current Legal Problems
How to Protect Retail Investors: Law, Policy and the Financial Crisis

Professor Niamh Moloney, LSE
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

Wednesday 27 January 2010
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law with the OFT
Brand Protection and Competition
The Hon Mr Justice Arnold, Philip Collins (Chairman, OFT), The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob, Deborah Majoras (Procter & Gamble), Michael Miller (Amazon), Ali Nikpay (Senior Director, OFT), The Hon Mr Justice Roth, Dr Christopher Stothers (UCL & Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP)
Accredited with 2.5 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

About this event:
The aim of the event is to bring together competition and IP specialists and industry experts to stimulate discussion on:
  • the protection of brand value under the competition rules;
  • the interaction of the competition rules with intellectual property law; and
  • L’Oreal v Bellure and other recent developments in the law.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
CPD COURSE over 8 weeks
Competition, IP and Contractual Issues in the Media Industry: Law and Practice
Taught by Andrea Appella (Director of Legal, Competition & Regulatory Affairs at News Corp, Europe & Asia, Senior Research Fellow at UCL, and an officer of the IBA Antitrust Committee)
Queries: email

This course will cover:
  • relevant market definitions in the media industry;
  • analysis of recent case-law on anti-competitive agreements, abuse of market power, horizontal and vertical mergers;
  • digital rights management; and
  • key contractual points relating to production, rights acquisitions, licensing and distribution agreements.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Self-Determination Sui Generis and Sovereignty
Professor Robert McCorquodale, BIICL
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board (those registering for CPD credit are asked to contribute £15 towards the costs of accreditation, payment in cash at the event)
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Thursday 21 January 2010
Centre for Law and Economics (Public Policy Section)
Net Neutrality of the Internet
Professor Nicholas Economides (NYU Stern Business School)

Thursday 21 January 2010
UCL Centre for Ethics & Law
Ethical performance of business – achievements, aspirations and expectations
Speaker: Professor Alyson Warhurst (Warwick University)
Respondent: Sir David Lewis (former Lord Mayor)

About this event:
The roles and responsibilities of business in society, in particular global business, are being defined more broadly and deeply than ever before, and by an expanding range of increasingly demanding stakeholders. The seminar will present a framework for ethical risk management and suggests strategic partnerships involving sector and cross industry initiatives, international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well as universities and governments, will become increasingly relevant to support the effective and responsible management of business risks, and therefore meet both business and sustainable development goals of the future.
Thursday 21 January 2010
Current Legal Problems
Transparency and Administrative Law: A Critical Evaluation
Dr Liz Fisher (University of Oxford)
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

Wednesday 20 January 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Rescuing Piracy from the Antiquarians
Professor Vaughn Lowe, University of Oxford
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board (those registering for CPD credit are asked to contribute £15 towards the costs of accreditation, payment in cash at the event)
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Wednesday 20 January 2010
Ius Commune / Institute of Global Law
The Jurisdiction of Choice: England and Wales or Germany?
Speaker: Professor Hein Kötz
Chair: The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden DBE

About this lecture:
In 2007, the Law Society published a brochure 'England and Wales: The Jurisdiction of Choice' to be followed two years later by a similar brochure put out by German lawyers' associations entitled 'Law - Made in Germany'. In both brochures reasons are set out, in no uncertain terms, why parties should select English or German law as the law governing their contracts, and why they should opt for English or German courts as the best forum to resolve their disputes. Professor Kötz will take a critical look at the statements made in these brochures. What about the assertion, e.g., that a codified law is more rigid and prescriptive? That the availability of a general provision on good faith in the German Civil Code breeds uncertainty and leads to an influx of contractual morality? Does a certain 'commercial flavour' emanate from English contract law, and is it based on the view that 'it is better that the law should be certain than that in every case it should be just'? What are the specific strengths and weaknesses of English and German civil procedure?
Monday 18 January 2010
UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
The Treaty of Lisbon and the Changing Architecture of the European Union
Professor Paul Craig (St John's College, University of Oxford)
introduced by Mrs Olga Thomas (UCL)

Thursday 14 January 2010
Current Legal Problems
An Unholy Trinity? Non-Consent, Coercion and Exploitation in Contemporary Legal Responses to Sexual Violence (provisional)
Professor Vanessa Munro (University of Nottingham)
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

Wednesday 13 January 2010
UCL / International Law Association (British Branch) Lectures
Israel / Palestine: Aspects of a prolonged occupation
Professor Ian Scobbie, SOAS
Accredited with 1 CPD hours by the SRA and Bar Standards Board (those registering for CPD credit are asked to contribute £15 towards the costs of accreditation, payment in cash at the event)
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