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Monday 10 December 2012
Annual OUP Journal of Environmental Law Lecture
Law and Science in the EU Courtrooms

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ellen Vos (Maastricht University)
  • Accreditation: 1.5 CPD hour (SRA only)


About this lecture
The ongoing scientification of EU risk regulation raises not only important questions about the role of science in decision-making, the quality of science and science-making and principles of good governance, but also about the role of science before the EU Courts. EU courts visibly struggle in dealing with the technicalities of cases that involve scientific uncertainty and complex technical issues. These issues are at times so complex that the question arises how the EU Courts (and courts in general), can legitimately deal with such issues. What precisely should be the role of the Court in adjudicating these kinds of conflicts? This lecture explored the delicate dilemma of how the Court should balance deferential and interventionist review in cases of scientific uncertainty and complexity and addressed the fundamental question as to which role the EU courts should have in conflicts involving science and which role science and experts should play in litigation.
Thursday 6 December 2012
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Turning Institutional Investors into "Stewards" - Exploring the Meaning and Objectives in "Stewardship"
  • Speaker: Dr Iris Chiu (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)


About this lecture
This lecture focused on the role of the institutional investment industry. It examined the interface between the private legal frameworks of trust and corporate governance and the public interest notions in "stewardship" and argue that "Stewardship" will not meet the needs of the public interest concerns that have given rise to this reform.
Thursday 6 December 2012
The Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior with the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society
The Present and Future of Behavioural Antitrust
  • Speaker: The Hon Mr Justice Barling (President, Competition Appeal Tribunal); Dr Amelia Fletcher (OFT); Dr Andrea Coscelli (OFCOM); Dr Cristina Caffarra (CRA); Dr Peter Davies (Compass Lexecon); Paolo Siciliani (Chief Economist, BBC Trust); Prof. Christopher Leslie (University of California at Irvine School of Law); Prof. Maurice Stucke (University of Tennessee School of Law); John Kirkpatrick (UK Competition Commission); Prof. Avishalom Tor (Notre Dame Law School); Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 2.5 CPD hours (SRA and BSB)


About this conference
Behavioural antitrust - the application to antitrust analysis of empirical evidence of common deviations of human behavior from strict rationality - is increasingly popular and hotly debated by competition law scholars and the enforcement agencies in the U.K, the EU more generally, and the U.S. alike. This timely conference brought together leading experts in the field to examine the state-of-the-art of the behavioral approach to competition law and policy and to consider its future potential and limitations as an antitrust methodology.
Wednesday 5 December 2012
UCL Centre for Criminal Law
Prosecution Decisions and Discretion: Revising the Code
  • Speaker: Keir Starmer QC (Director of Public Prosecutions) and Dr Jonathan Rogers (Senior Lecturer, UCL)
  • Accreditation: 1.5 CPD hour (SRA, and BSB)

About this lecture
This lecture discussed issues relating to decisions to prosecute, and not to prosecute, in the context of the current revision of the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The extent and exercise of discretion in prosecution, the role of proportionality in prosecution decision-making, and the development of detailed policies in particular areas are all topics of great current interest.

Thursday 29 November 2012
Current Legal Problems Lecture
I Fought the Law and the Law Won? Legal Consciousness, Cultural Theory and the Critical Imagination
  • Speaker: Professor Simon Halliday (University of York)
  • Accreditation: This event was NOT accredited for CPD

About this lecture
This paper explores the legal consciousness of society – the characterisations of law and legality which are socially constructed and become common currency in everyday life.

Wednesday 28 November 2012
UCL Centre for Ethics & Law
Media Freedoms and Media Standards
  • Speaker: Baroness Onora O'Neill
  • Commentators: Gill Phillips (The Guardian) and Professor Ian Hargreaves CBE (Cardiff Business School)
  • Chaired by: Professor Richard Moorhead (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 1.5 hours (SRA and BSB)
About this event
Baroness Onora O'Neill writes on ethics and political philosophy, with particular interests in international justice, the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and bioethics. Her books include Faces of Hunger: An Essay on Poverty, Development and Justice (1986), Constructions of Reason: Explorations of Kant's Practical Philosophy (1989), Towards Justice and Virtue (1996) and Bounds of Justice (2000), Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics (2002), A Question of Trust (the 2002 Reith Lectures) and Rethinking Informed Consent in Bioethics (jointly with Neil Manson, 2007). She is currently working on practical judgement and normativity, trust and accountability in public life; and the ethics of communication
Tuesday 27 November 2012
UCL Centre for Commercial Law
Why did Australia fare so well in the Global Financial Crisis?
  • Speaker: Prof. Jennifer Hill (University of Sydney)
  • Accreditation: 1.5 hours by the SRA and BSB


About this lecture
This seminar explored why Australia fared so well in the crisis compared to these other common law jurisdictions. A stock answer to this question has been that Australia was "lucky", in that its economy was buoyed by China's growing demand for resources. Although strong trade links with China undoubtedly constituted part of the puzzle in this regard, Professor Hill argued that there are a number of other relevant, but under-appreciated, factors which contributed to Australia's resilience during the crisis. These factors include monetary and fiscal policy; legal structures and reform; financial market regulation; banking history; and corporate governance. The seminar explored these specific factors from a comparative perspective, demonstrating key differences in their operation in Australia during the crisis. Australia's experience of the global financial crisis is a reminder that financial markets do not operate in a vacuum, but rather form part of a complex economic, legal and regulatory ecosystem.
Monday 26 November 2012
UCL Institute for Human Rights
The Ascendancy of the Rule of Law in South African Adjudication?
  • Speaker: Professor Cora Hoexter (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
  • Chair: Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell (Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of UCL Laws, and member of Blackstone Chambers)


About this lecture
In South Africa the rule of law plays a commanding role in adjudication despite the existence of an extensive and fully justiciable bill of rights. Although the rule of law is merely a founding value in section 1(c) of the 1996 Constitution, it is continually relied on by the courts in practice. In particular, it currently acts as a crucial safety net in cases that are not covered by the right to administrative justice (s 33), and even those that are covered by it. The more general and comparatively vague concept of the rule of law has virtually taken over in this area, to the extent that South Africa could almost do without s 33 today. The courts have also drawn on the rule of law in the context of other rights, such as the right of access to court (s 34). Professor Hoexter described and appraise this ascendancy of the rule of law, a surprising and fascinating development in South African public law.
Thursday 22 November 2012
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Targeted Killing: Recent US attempts to create a legal framework
  • Speaker: Professor Christine Gray (University of Cambridge)
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)
About this lecture
The significant increase in targeted killings by the USA under President Obama has led to growing demands for greater transparency about the legal justification for this controversial use of force. In response several members of the administration have recently made speeches about the legal rules governing targeted killing. This lecture considered these speeches and identify some of the key questions that they have left unanswered.
Friday 16 November 2012
London Roman Law Group
From Justinian to Bologna. The Corpus Iuris Civilis in the Italian Middle Ages
  • Speaker: Professor Michael Crawford (UCL)
About this event
In considering the problem of the knowledge of Roman law in Italy between the sixth and twelfth centuries AD, the key lies neither mostly in the evidence for the copying of legal texts nor mostly in the history of legal practice, but rather in the transmission of Latin lexicographical and rhetorical works.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
UCL Labour Rights Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Right
Globalisation and the Middle Class
  • Speaker: Prof. Katherine Stone (Arjay & Frances Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law)
  • Chaired by: Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL)
About this event
The most important question for social policy today is: Can the United States participate in global trade while maintaining a robust middle class? Or does expanded global trade necessarily mean doom for the U.S. middle class and others in advanced industrial nations? This question might have sounded provocative, incendiary, or just plain silly a decade ago, but it can no longer be ignored. Several different approaches have been advocated to preserve the living standards of the middle class in advanced countries in the face of expanded global trade. This talk examined three clusters of policies that are the most promising, policies to (1) encourage a race to the top that can counterbalance a race to the bottom; (2) promote the creation of local and regional agglomeration economies that will act as counterweights to a race to the bottom, and (3) foster firm-level innovation and develop the skills and human capital of the local population. It concluded that we adopt policies that braid these three together in order to preserve the U.S. middle class.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society
Antitrust Policy Towards Resale Price Maintenance following Leegin and ebooks: A US, UK and EU Comparative Competition Law Pespective
  • Keynote:
    Prof. William S Comanor (University of California) - download slides

  • Commentators:
  • Prof. Alison Jones (KCL) - downnload slides
  • Dr Matthew Bennett (CRA) - download slides
  • Dr Nelson Jung (UK Office of Fair Trading) - download slides
  • Dr Abel Mateus (EBRD / UCL), - download slides
  • Dr Antonio Bavasso (UCL / Allen & Overy LLP)

  • Chaired by: Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 2.5 CPD hours (SRA and BSB)
About this event
On June 28, 2007, the US Supreme Court announced its decision in Leegin to revoke a 96-year precedent on the appropriate antitrust treatment of Resale Price Maintenance (RPM). Vertical price restraints such as RPM would be evaluated not as a per se offense but under the Rule of Reason. Applying the new standard, both the pro-competitive and anti-competitive dimensions of any particular restraint would be evaluated and balanced against each other, and that only those where the anti-competitive effects predominate would violate the antitrust laws. This event explored both the law and economies of the new directives, and also reviewed the first lower court decision dealing with these matters. Discussions focussed on the application of competition law to RPM in Europe (EU and the UK) in various contexts, including selective distribution and commercial agency agreements.
Monday 12 November 2012
UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society
Mergers and Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Speaker: Prof. William S Comanor (University of California)
  • Chaired by: Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hours (SRA and BSB)


About this talk
The pharmaceutical industry has encountered a period of dramatic structural change. While industry leaders explain their mergers as a response to these shocks and a partial solution to the declining productivity problem, this lecture advances the reverse hypothesis: that instead of enhancing R&D productivity, the merger wave has jeopardized it. The central thesis emphasizes the uncertainties inevitably encountered in new drug discovery and development and the role of "parallel paths" -- i.e., the pursuit of multiple approaches to solving any given medical problem -- in coping with those uncertainties.
Thursday 8 November 2012
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Sanctions and Safeguards – The Brave New World of Regulatory Enforcement
  • Speaker: Professor Richard Macrory (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)


About this event
Professor Macrory led the 2006 Cabinet Office Review which gave rise to Part III Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act , and his lecture ‘Sanctions and Safeguards – The Brave New World of Regulatory Enforcement’ considered the principles behind the Review and the extent to which they have and have not been translated into practice.
Thursday 8 November 2012
UCL Centre for Law and the Environment with UKELA
The New System of Environmental Enforcement and Sanctions: From Principle into Practice
  • Speakers include: The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP (Minister Cabinet Office); Michelle Crotty (Chief Executive, Sentencing Council for England and Wales); Jonathan Robinson (Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency); Anne Brosnan (Chief Prosecutor, Environment Agency); James Maurici (Barrister, Landmark Chambers); Andrew Bryce (Solicitor); Nick Warren (President General Regulatory Chamber, First-Tier Tribunal); Caroline Connell (DEFRA Legal, Dept of Environment Food and Rural Affairs); Dr Ludwig Kramer (Client Earth); Richard Kimblin (Barrister, Chair UKELA Regulatory Working Party); and Josephine Armstrong and Claire Dupont (Milieu, Belgium)
  • Accreditation: 6 CPD hours (SRA and BSB)


About this event
The main purpose of this one day conference was to consider the impact on the enforcement of environmental regulation following the introduction of a greater range of sanctions under Part III of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act.
Thursday 8 November 2012
From Theory to Practice: Religion and Discrimination in a Changing World
  • Speakers: Lorenzo Zucca (King's College London), Prof. Mark Hill QC (Cardiff University / Francis Taylor Buildings), Dr Javier Garcia Oliva (Manchester University), Prof. Aileen McColgan (King's College London / Matrix Chambers), Prof. Christopher McCrudden (Blackstone Chambers / Queen's University Belfast), Prof. Cecile Laborde (UCL), Prof. Guy Haarscher (Universite Libre de Bruxelles), Dr. Myriam Hunter Henin (UCL), and Nicholas Hatzis (City University and Lady Margeret Hall, Oxford)
About this event
The relationship between religion and anti-discrimination norms is increasingly prominent and controversial. This conference investigated the relationship between theory and practice in this area. In particular it looked at how and whether the principles underpinning theories of religious freedom and equality have been reflected in judicial decisions to date as well as how practitioners are influenced by theory in litigating in these areas. The conference considered what theories the caselaw in this area reflect as well as possible future developments.

Wednesday 7 November 2012
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)
Judges' Panel - How do the Courts best assist in resolving disputes over Licensing Terms and what reforms to procedure are needed?

  • Speakers: The Hon. Mr Justice Arnold, High Court Judge of the Patent Court, UK; Judge Klaus Grabinski, Federal Court of Justice, Germany; Judge Robert van Peursem, Justice of the Court of Appeal, The Hague, The Netherlands ; Judge Alain Girardet, Cour de Cassation, France.
  • Chair: The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob, the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property at UCL Laws
  • Accredited with 1.5 CPD hours (SRA / BSB)


About this event
This panel discussion between distinguished European judges included issues such as More or less discovery (disclosure) on infringement/validity?; Court (technical) expert vs party expert; what can be learnt from other jurisdictions?; More or less cross-examination?; and Does the PCC have a role - more shorter trials? How would the damages cap apply?
Wednesday 7 November 2012
Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium
About this event
The Symposium was jointly-organised by University College London Centre for Law and the Environment and King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, and sought to provide environmental law and governance research students the opportunity to meet, present and discuss their work in a supportive environment.
Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 November 2012
UCL IBIL with Taylor Wessing
Standards, FRAND, NPEs & Injunctions
  • Speakers include: Mr Justice Floyd, Prof. Sir Robin Jacob, Nicholas Green QC (Brick Court Chambers), Gertjan Kuipers (De Brauw, Blackstone Westbroek), Pierre Véron, Monica Magnusson (Ericsson), Dan Hermele (Qualcomm), John Sideris (Philips), Brian Napper (FTI Consulting), Chris Oldknow (Microsoft), Daniel Alexander QC, Luke McLeroy (Ericsson), Richard Vary (Nokia), Catriona Hammer (General Electric), Steve Preece (OFT), Michael Frohlich (RIM), Klaus Grabinski, Robert van Peursem and many others
  • Accredited with 13 CPD hours (SRA / BSB)
About this event
This 2 day conference combined commentary from key industry and legal experts from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the US on:
  • Injunctions and jurisdictions
  • Standards, FRAND and its use in Europe
  • Patent portfolios
  • Unified Patents Court
  • Dispute resolution on licensing terms
  • Competition considerations

Through a combination of panel discussions, presentations and keynote addresses, the aim of this flagship event is to inform and update on the very latest developments with the benefit of the views and insights of leading authorities including from the industry, the judiciary and private practice in this complex and very topical field.

Friday 2 November 2012
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law with Nominet
Domain Name Disputes in the '.uk' Domain - Practice and Procedure
  • Speakers include: The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger, Nick Wenban-Smith (Nominet) Tony Willoughby (Rouse / Chair of Expert Review Panel), Nick Gardner (Herbert Smith), and expert review panellists: Ian Lowe, Andrew Lothian, Matthew Harris, Michael Silverleaf QC, Anna Carboni, Phil Roberts and Simon Chapman
  • Accreditation: 6.5 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)
About this event
The Nominet domain name Dispute Resolution Service has now been in operation for over 10 years. The purpose of this 1-day workshop was to provide a high level, in-depth review of the operation of the service for the benefit of academics, practitioners and domain name registrars and registrants, the end-users. This was the first seminar of its kind dealing in depth with the Nominet DRS, which is now handling on average as many as 60 disputes per month.

Thursday 1 November 2012
Current Legal Problems Lecture
Truth, Efficiency and Co-operation in Modern Criminal Justice
Speaker: Professor Jenny McEwan (University of Exeter)
Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA / BSB)

About this event
This talk considered the consequent effect on defence obligations in the light of claims that the new system is consistent with the presumption of innocence, the privilege against self-incrimination and the right to legal assistance as protected by Article 6; this necessitates discussion of the extent to which accuracy of outcome, efficiency and protection of fair trial rights are compatible objectives.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
UCL Institute of Brand & Innovation Law (IBIL)
Digital Copyright Exchange(s), the Hooper Report and Orphan Works
  • Speakers: Richard Hooper CBE (author of The Hooper Report), Maria Martin-Prat (Head of Unit "Copyright", Intellectual Property Directorate, Internal Market and Services DG, European Commission) and others
  • Chair: The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)


About this event
The consensus is that copyright has become so powerful and so prolonged in term that it, a right intended to foster creativity, is itself having a stultifying effect on creativity and exploitation. Copyright clearance has become a costly parasitic industry. The problems are enough in one country – but are multiplied by different rules in different countries. This event brought together key policy people to discuss the problems of copyright licensing and orphan works.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
What is modern slavery?
Speakers: Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
About this event
Is slavery confined to the past? Sadly not. Instances of grave labour exploitation exist in present-day Europe and elsewhere. This lecture discuseds abuses of labour conditions suffered by domestic workers, victims of trafficking and others. It explained why their situation is akin to slavery, and set out the steps that have been taken in law to protect the human rights of these workers.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
UCL Centre for Ethics & Law
Handling Problem Projects - Accountability mechanisms at international financial institutions and case studies
  • Speakers: Suresh Nanwani (Asian Development Bank)
  • Chair: Dr Fiona Smith (UCL
About the event
This seminar focused on the growth of these accountability mechanisms, addresses governance aspects, and focuses on case studies of two projects where claimed have been filed with various international financial institutions including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Corporation, and European Investment Bank. The seminar addressed how problem projects can be handled more effectively and examines how improvements can be made to address these problem projects.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
WTO Scholars' Forum
Russia's Accession to the WTO: Commitments, Processes and Prospects
  • Speakers: Richard Connolly (University of Birmingham) and Philip Hanson (Chatham House / University of Birmingham)
  • Chair: Dr Fiona Smith (UCL)
  • Accreditation: 2 hours (SRA and BSB (pending))
About this event
This talk addressed a range of issues linked to Russia’s forthcoming accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its implications for the Russian economy. The speakers described the far-reaching commitments Russia has undertaken in the realm of tariffs, non-tariff barriers, and openness to inward investment, identifying factors that tend both to support and challenge realization of these commitments. They explored a brief historical account of the reasons why the accession process for Russia was so protracted and an assessment of the likely medium- and long-term economic impacts of accession for the country as well as for its particular regions and social groups. The arguments suggested that the likely direct impacts of accession will overall be modest (at least over the near- to medium- term), and focused in spheres in which a foreign presence may enhance the productivity of Russian firms in the domestic market (e.g., business services). Potentially, more substantial indirect benefits will largely depend on the scale and seriousness of domestic reform policies launched in support of WTO compliance (i.e., effects of accession on Russia’s political economy).
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Labour Rights Institute
Understanding and Tackling Precarious Work
  • Speakers: Prof. Sonia McKay (London Met.) and Prof. Guy Standing (University of Bath)
  • Chair: Dr Nicola Countouris (UCL)
    About this event
    In this public lecture two outstanding speakers presented their views on the constantly rising number of workers whose employment is seen as 'precarious'. In doing so they provided their understanding of the concept of 'precarious work', and made suggestions on what needs to be done (and by whom) in order to address the challenges arising from the precarization of work. Both speakers are recognised experts in the field, with Prof. McKay recently completing an extensive EU funded Study on Precarious Work and Social Rights (2012) and Prof. Standing authoring the much acclaimed and widely circulated book The Precariat (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011)
    Friday 19 October 2012
    UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society and Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Brands, Competition and the Law
    • Speakers: Deven Desai (Thomas Jefferson Law School), Kirsten Edwards-Warren (UK Office of Fair Trading), Phil Evans, (FIPRA International), Warren Grimes, (Southwestern), Greg Gundlach (University of North Florida), James Langenfeld (Navigent Consulting), Ioannis Lianos (UCL), Deborah Majorus (Proctor & Gamble), Mark McKenna (Notre Dame Law School), John D. Mittelstaedt (University of Wyoming College of Business), John Noble (British Brands Group), Barak Orbach (University of Arizona), Joan Phillips (Loyola University Chicago), Matthew Sag (Loyola University Chicago), Eliot Schreiber (COO Cloverleaf Innovation), Spencer Weber Waller (Loyola University Chicago)
    About this conference:
    This the second jointly organised conference on Brands, Competition and the Law - the first was held at UCL in December 2011. The aim of this conference was to reflect on the legal, business, and economic understanding of brands by explaining what brands are, how they function, and the role brands play in business competition. The conference also delved into specific issues raised by branding in the 21st century business competition, such as the challenges raised by online business and the increasing role of private labels in distribution.
    Current Legal Problems Lecture
    Reverse engineering commercial secrets
    • Speaker: Professor Tanya Aplin (King's College London)
    • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
    • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)
    About this talk:
    This lecture examined the nature of reverse engineering and the extent to which it is currently facilitated by the English law of confidence. It also explored the justifications for permitting reverse engineering of commercial secrets and suggest the extent to which this should be allowed and the mechanisms for doing so.
    Wednesday 17 October 2012
    UCL Institute of Brand & Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES
    Question the Trade Mark Judges
    • Speakers: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Kitchin, Allan James (Senior Hearing Officer and Head of Trade Mark Tribunal, UK IPO), Daniel Alexander QC (Appointed Person), and The Rt Hon Sir Konrad Schiemann
    • Chair: The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)
    • Accredited: 1.5 CPD hours by the SRA, IPReg, (BSB pending)
    About this talk
    UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, posed audience questions to some of the judges that are regularly deciding our trade mark disputes.

    Read a review of this event on IPKAT
    Tuesday 16 October 2012
    UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
    Managing Conflicts of Interest: Is the law's response adequate?
    • Speakers: Prof. Richard Moorhead (UCL), Richard Wiseman (formerly Shell International), and Oonagh Harpur
    • Chair: The Rt Hon the Lord Sumption (UK Supreme Court)
    • Accreditation: 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA only
    About this talk
    The prevalence and management of conflicts of interest is an important issue for professionals and business generally, with events of recent years raising serious questions about the adequacy of controls of such conflicts. To mark the launch of the inaugural edition of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, this distinguished panel debated the legal, ethical and practical challenges that lawyers and other professionals face when confronting conflicts of interest. 
    Wednesday 10 October 2012
    UCL Centre for Ethics & Law
    Between Law and Markets: Is there a Role for Ethics and Culture in Financial Regulation
    • Speakers: Dan Awrey (Oxford), The Hon Mr Justice Blair, Prof. David Kershaw (LSE)
    • Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Cranston
    • Accreditation: 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this talk
    Neither nor law nor markets operate effectively as the conscience of the Square Mile. In this event the speakers will argue that both can be better harnessed to foster a more ethical culture in finance. 'Process-oriented' regulation – backed by a credible threat of both public enforcement and reputational sanctions – and more radical reforms of the core governance arrangements of financial institutions can deliver a lasting improvement in the behaviour of financial markets.
    Wednesday 10 October 2012
    UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society
    Sport and Competition Law: Recent developments and unfinished business
    • Speakers: Dr Ben Van Rompuy (T.M.C Asser Institute)
    • Chair: Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
    • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour by the SRA.
    About this talk
    As a corollary to the growing commercialization of professional sport, sports-related activities have progressively become the subject of competition law investigations. The speaker will address the complexity of balancing sporting and commercial interests under EU competition law, focusing on outstanding issues and options relating to the marketing and exploitation of sports broadcasting rights, in particular joint selling, joint buying, and access to content by consumers.
    Thursday 12 July 2012
    Centre for Criminal Law and Old Bailey Chambers
    Criminal Defences: Diminished Responsibility & Provocation

    Speaker: Professor Ian Dennis, UCL
    Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Fulford

    About this course
    Professor Dennis reviewed recent legislative and case law development in the law of criminal defences.
    June - July 2012 - Institute of Brand and Innovation Law CPD course
    The Real, Dramatic and Ongoing Changes to United States Patent Law and their Impact on the Practice of Patent Law

    Speaker: Professor Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri and Author of the Patently-O Patent Law Blog

    Seminar 1:
    Changes in the Way Patents are Prosecuted in the US

    Seminar 2:
    US Patent Litigation Structure and Changes to the Process

    SEminar 3:
    Litigation, Administrative Style; Subject Matter Eligibility

    Accredited with 6 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB

    Download the brochure for this course

    About this course
    The U.S. Patent system is in the midst of major changes. In late 2011, President Barack Obama enacted the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) – legislation that has rightfully been identified as the greatest single modification to the U.S. patent system since the modern Patent Act was signed into law in 1952. Some provisions in the new law have already become effective, others will take effect in the coming months, and the full impact of the reforms may not be known for years to come. Meanwhile courts have also been shaping the law. Over the past year, the US Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) have collectively issued hundreds of precedential decisions covering virtually every aspect of patent law. Meanwhile, the US Patent Office continues to modify its processes and structure its newfound power under the AIA.This course addressed these recent major events and their impact on procurement, litigation, and monetization of patent rights. In parallel, it highlighted practical empirical results that suggest “evidence based strategies” for addressing specific client concerns.
    Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 July 2012
    Current Legal Issues Colloquium
    Law and Global Health
    Speakers: George Annas (Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law), Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary, University of London), Belinda Bennett (University of Sydney),
    Scott Burris (Temple University), Angus Dawson (University of Birmingham), Lawrence Gostin (Georgetown Law School), Sofia Gruskin (University of Southern California), Mark Heywood (Section 27, South Africa), John Harrington (University of Liverpool), Florence Luna (University of Buenos Aires), Jeffrey Kahn (Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics), Jean McHale (University of Birmingham), David Patterson (International Development Law Organization), Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) and others
    Accreditation: 11 hours (SRA and BSB)
    About this lecture:
    Avoidable and preventable death and disease are among the major challenges facing the world today. At UCL we are in an excellent position to help overcome the barriers to global health through both legal frameworks, medical and other solutions. The Law and Global Health colloquium brings together some of the worlds’ leading multidisciplinary experts to explore the problems and innovative solutions to global health.
    Monday 2 July 2012
    Law and Global Health public lecture
    Justice, Law and Global Health
    Speaker: Professor James Orbinski (University of Toronto)
    Chair: Professor Michael Freeman (UCL)
    Accreditation: 1 hour (SRA and BSB)

    This lecture will be available to view on the UCL Laws Replay section soon.
    About this lecture:
    Global Health in its broadest conceptualization connotes well-being in a state of justice. Reducing injustice and enhancing global health is a matter of practical action, and the use and construction of law is central to this process. Dr. Orbinski will draw on his twenty five years of international experience to argue that global health law is most effective when it has a plural grounding in pragmatism, the high ideals of humanity, human rights and the pursuit of the public good.
    Wednesday 27 June 2012
    IBIL 4th Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
    The Growing Imperative to Internationalise the Law
    Speaker: Chief Judge Randall Rader (US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)
    Chair: The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob
    About this lecture:
    The Chief Judge of perhaps the most important patent court in the world provided key insights into the increasing forces for international harmonisation of intellectual property (and particularly patent) law. The recent American Invents Act whereby the USA moved away from the “first to invent” system to a “first to file but with a grace period” system is likely to provide a huge further impetus towards harmonisation across the world. Similarly the case law of one country increasingly affects the law in other countries.
    Monday 25 June 2012
    Bentham Association
    Summer Drinks Party
    About this event:
    The Summer Drinks Reception is a highlight in the Bentham Assocation events calendar and is generously hosted by SJ Berwin on their roof terrace, weather permitting, overlooking the Thames. All income from this event supports the UCL Laws Students Hardship Fund which helps our students in most need.
    Wednesday 20 June 2012
    Judicial Institute - Inaugural Lecture
    Purple Haze: The Danger of Being in the Dark about Judges
    Speaker: Professor Cheryl Thomas
    Chair: The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett
    About this lecture:
    Why in the 21st century is there such a lack of understanding and scholarly research in this country about one of the key institutions of the state – the judiciary? Recent work with juries has dispelled the myth that the law prevents research with and about juries. This lecture argued that a similar myth exists about researching the professional judiciary and judicial system, and that the lack of Judicial Studies in the UK is academically unacceptable and socially dangerous, leaving our understanding of the judiciary both conceptually and empirically weak. This lecture laid out a blueprint for Judicial Studies in the UK and explore what contribution it can make to coherent debate and policy development in such key areas as constitutional reform, the justice system and judicial appointments.
    Tuesday 12 June 2012
    Negotiating Religion Workshop
    Legal Frameworks: Schools and Religious Freedom
    Convened by: Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin (UCL Laws)
    Participants: Prof. Patrick Weil (Pantheon-Sorbonne University), Prof. Maleiha Malik (KCL), Prof. Norman Doe (Cardiff), Dr Russell Sandberg (Cardiff), Prof. Ian Leigh (Durham), Peter Cumper (Leicester), Prof. Eric Barendt (UCL), Prof. Lucy Vickers (Oxford Brookes), Colm O'Cinneide (UCL), Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL), Dr Tobias Lock (Surrey), Prof. Julian Rivers (Bristol), Dr Peter Petkoff (Brunel), Dr Julia Ipgrave (Warwick), Dr Javier Oliva (Manchester)
    About this lecture:
    This workshop explored four areas of the legal frameworks on religious freedoms in schools - religious symbols; religious education and teaching content; religion and staff; faith schools. It addressed some of the crucial questions through analysis of case law and legal scholarship. How and to what extent do legal frameworks - judicial reasoning, legal processes (excluding constitutional frameworks, focus of another workshop) allow a space for negotiating religious issues?
    Monday 11 June 2012
    UCL CICT / Baker & McKenzie Annual Lecture
    Investment Arbitration: Cautionary Tales for Commercial Arbitrators
    Speaker: Professor Hans van Houtte, FCIArb. (President of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal (The Hague) and Professor at Leuven University)
    Chair: Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour
    About this lecture:
    In this lecture Professor van Houtte touched upon the differences between the commercial arbitration between private parties and investment treaty arbitration, thus furthering the understanding of the specifics of each of these types of arbitration. He identified critical areas in which the commercial arbitrator, who intends to cross into investment treaty arbitration territory, may wish to tread carefully.
    Tuesday 29 May 2012
    UCL Institute for Human Rights
    The Ethics of Human Rights Philanthropy
    Panellists: Sigrid Rausing (Rausing Trust), Prof. Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy), Anthony Tomei (Nuffield Foundation), Dr George Letsas (UCL)
    Chair: Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL)
    About this panel:
    This UCL Institute for Human Rights Symposium addressed the ethical challenges presented by philanthropy towards human rights organisations, both academic and non-academic. In particular it considered recent charges that this kind of philanthropic giving distorts national politics; academic priorities; and undermines the will of Parliament. Against the background of the Woolf report, the panel considered the ethics of philanthropic giving and how this form of funding might be treated so as to avoid accusations of bias, ‘opinion-buying’, and research agenda setting by donors.
    Friday 25 May 2012
    Institute for Human Rights - Workshop on Right to Work
    • Participants: Professor Guy Mundlak (Tel Aviv University), Professor Hugh Collins (LSE), Professor Sophie Robin Olivier (Paris, Nanterre), Dr Alan Bogg (Oxford), Professor Diamond Ashiagbor (SOAS), Dr Nicola Countouris (UCL), Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs (Ono Academic College), Professor Sir Bob Hepple (Cambridge), Professor John Tasioulas (UCL), Professor David Wiggins (Oxford), Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL)
    About this closed workshop
    The value of work cannot be underestimated in today's world. Work is instrumentally valuable because productive labour generates goods needed for survival, like food and housing; goods needed for self-development, like education and culture; and other material goods that people wish to have in order to live a fulfilling life. In a market economy, productive labour benefits not only those who produce goods by bringing them income, but also those who purchase and consume those goods. But work is not only valuable for the income and goods it generates. It is crucial for a person's feeling of membership in society.
    Wednesday 23 May 2012
    IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Series - Macroeconomic Co-operation and International Law
    • Speaker: Professor Eric Posner (Univ of Chicago)
    • Chair: Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL)

    About this lecture
    The macroeconomic policies of states can produce significant harms and benefits for other states, yet international macroeconomic cooperation has been one of the weakest areas of international law. The lecture asked why states have had such trouble cooperating over macroeconomic issues, when they have been relatively successful at cooperation over related issues like trade.

    Friday 18 & Saturday 19 May 2012
    UCL Labour Rights Institute
    Resocialising Europe and the Mutualisation of Risks to Workers
    • Speakers: Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor (SOAS); Prof. Catherine Barnard (Cambridge); Dr Alan Bogg (Oxford); Prof. William Brown (Cambridge); Dr Giuseppe Casale (ILO); Professor Chelo Chacartegui (PFU Barcelona); Prof. Hugh Collins (LSE); Prof. Colin Crouch (Warwick); Judith Kirton-Darling (ETUC); Prof. Anne Davies (Oxford); Prof. Simon Deakin and Dr Aristea Koukiadaki (Cambridge and Manchester); Dr Ruth Dukes (Glasgow); Prof. Keith Ewing (KCL); Prof. Sandra Fredman (Oxford); Prof. Mark Freedland (Oxford); Mr Thomas Haendel MEP (GUE/NGL); Prof. Frank Hendrickx (Leuven); Prof. Sir Bob Hepple QC (Cambrdige); Dr Catherine Jacqueson (Copenhagen); Prof. Claire Kilpatrick (EUI); Prof. Julia Lopez (PFU Barcelona); Dr. Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL); Prof. Sonia McKay (Londonmet); Prof. G. Morris (Matrix Chambers); Dr Wanjiru Njoya (LSE); Ms Lydia Hayes and Prof. Tonia Novitz (Bristol); Dr Colm O’Cinneide (UCL); Ms Hannah Reed (TUC); Professor Mia Rönnmar (Lund); Dr Astrid Sanders (Birmingham); Prof. Monika Schlachter (Trier); Prof. Silvana Sciarra (Firenze); Dr Kendra Strauss (Cambridge); Prof. Alain Supiot (Nantes); Prof. Aurora Vimercati (Bari); Prof. Manfred Weiss (Frankfurt); Dr Chris Wright (Melbourne)
    About this conference
    This conference brought together an interdisciplinary group of experts from the UK and the rest of Europe to discuss whether the current phase of ‘social eurosklerosis’ is likely to become a permanent feature of the EU, or whether new regulatory trajectories could and ought to be pursued.
    Friday 11 & Saturday 12 May 2012
    SLS Annual Seminar 2012 - The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law
    • Speakers: Dennis Klimchuk (Western Ontario), Carol Rose (Arizona Roberts College of Law), Matthew Kramer (Cambridge), James Penner (UCL), Eric Claeys (George Mason University), Jeremy Waldron (NYU), Lisa Austin (Toronto), Arthur Ripstein (Toronto), Peter Benson (Toronto), Stephen Munzer (California), Alan Brudner (Toronto), Brian Lee (Brooklyn Law School), Ben McFarlane & Simon Douglas (Oxford), Larissa Katz (Queen's University, Kingston), Irit Samet (King's College London), Henry Smith (Harvard)
    • Accredited: 12 CPD hours

    About this conference
    The philosophical consideration of property concepts has long featured in political and moral philosophy, but there has been a relative absence of serious philosophical attention paid to the various doctrines that shape the actual law of property, a situation in marked contrast to the rich philosophical literatures which attend to specific features of the law of contract or the law of torts.

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    Thursday 3 May 2012
    UCL Institute of Global Law / IUS Commune Lecture
    The Proliferation of Preferential Trade Agreements: The Beginning of the End of the Multilateral Trading System?
    Speaker: Professor Michael Trebilcock (University of Toronto Law School)
    About the lecture
    The moribund state of Doha Round WTO negotiations has heightened concerns about the impact of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) on the progress of global trade liberalization. PTAs have proliferated over the past two decades. There are approximately 300 PTAs now in force, and all but one WTO member is now party to a PTA. The nature of PTAs is also rapidly evolving, with agreements encompassing issue areas beyond WTO commitments and increasingly involving developing countries.

    Compared with an ideal world of multilateral free trade, the welfare implications of PTAs are deeply troubling. However, considered in the actual context of persistent barriers to global trade, the theoretical and empirical literature is ambivalent on whether PTAs enhance or detract from global welfare. This is an issue unlikely to be resolved, and the debate has now moved beyond whether PTAs should be categorically opposed. PTAs are firmly entrenched in the law and politics of international trade. The question is how the relationship between these two modes of trade liberalization can best be managed to enhance complementarities and minimize conflicts.

    The paper identifies key challenges to multilateralism posed by the growing number and changing nature of PTAs. Lessons are drawn from the international investment regime, where, in the absence of a comprehensive multilateral treaty governing investment, over 2600 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have been formed in the past 20 years. Recommendations are made for reform at the WTO and in the institutional design of PTAs, with a view to safeguarding the multilateral trading system in the context of PTA proliferation.

    Wednesday 25 April 2012
    UCL / International Law Association Lecture
    The Challenges of Deformalization in International Law
    Speaker: Professor Jean d'Aspremont (Amsterdam)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)
    The lecture was informed by the speaker’s recent book entitled Formalism and the Sources of International Law (OUP 2011), which revisits the (place and use of) formal theory of sources in contemporary international legal scholarship and sheds some light on the inclination of a new generation of international lawyers to abandon formal mechanisms to determine the pedigree of rules.
    Tuesday 3 April 2012
    UCL IBIL Lecture
    What would leadership in copyright policy look like?
    Speaker: William F Patry (Chief Copyright Counsel, Google)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)
    The Hargreaves Review bemoaned the prevalence of lobbynomics and the tendency of policy-driven evidence-making, instead of evidence-driven policy-making. Professor Hargreaves also noted that these problems were long-standing, going back to the Banks Review in the 1970s and the Gowers Review in 2006. When politicians talk about being leaders, what does it mean to lead when policy is not based on evidence? Who is leading who?
    Wednesday 21 March 2012
    UCL Legal & Social Philosophy Colloquium
    A discussion on Prof. Philip Pettit's Quain Lecture on 'Legitimacy and Justice' delivered on 20 March
    Speaker: Prof. Philip Pettit (Princeton University)
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    Tuesday 20 March 2012
    Inaugural Quain Lecture
    Legitimacy and Justice
    Speaker: Prof. Philip Pettit (Princeton University)
    About this lecture
    In one standard usage of the terms, the legitimacy of a legal and political system is distinct from the justice of the system but in recent philosophical practice the two properties have often been run together. The issue of justice has inflated to cover most questions in political philosophy and the issue of legitimacy has all but disappeared. This is an unfortunate trend, as it has displaced some serious normative questions. It can and it should be reversed.
    Thursday 15 March 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    Bicameralism - But without a Mixed Constitution

    Professor Jeremy Waldron, NYU
    Chair: Prof. Dawn Oliver (UCL)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this lecture
    As Britain considers further reform of the House of Lords, it must confront the possibility of organizing a truly bicameral legislature in which it is not the function of the two houses to represent two different estates of the kingdom (commoners and aristocracy). It is worth considering therefore the theory of bicameralism in itself, on the assumption that members of both houses are democratically elected. What are the constitutional advantages of bicameralism? What are its dangers? What difference is it likely to make to the character of law-making, to legislative due process, to the separation of powers, and to executive-dominated management of the legislature?

    Wednesday 14 March 2012
    UCL Bentham Association Presidential Address & Dinner
    Independence under Threat?

    The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett
    Chair: Edwin Glasgow QC CBE
    About this lecture
    This event is for UCL Graduates Only.

    Wednesday 14 March 2012
    UCL Legal & Social Philosophy Colloquium
    The Concept of Public Law
    Speaker: Prof. Peter Cane (Australian National University / Cambridge)
    Time: 4 - 7pm
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    Tuesday 13 March 2012
    UCL Institute for Human Rights
    Debating Social Rights
    Speakers: Professor Conor Gearty (LSE), Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL)
    Commentator: Dr Jeff King (UCL)
    Chaired by Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL).
    About this lecture
    The UCL Human Rights Institute and the UCL Labour Rights Institute will co-host a debate on social rights. Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL) will debate the role of courts and the role of legislatures in the protection of rights such as the right to housing and the right to work. Drawing on the book 'Debating Social Rights' (Gearty, Mantouvalou, Hart 2011), Professor Gearty will suggest that social rights should be kept away from lawyers and courts. Dr Mantouvalou will argue in support of their 'legalisation', namely the protection through judicial and legislative avenues. Dr Jeff King (UCL) will act as a commentator. The event will be chaired by Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL).
    Friday 9 March 2012
    International Law Association Lecture
    The European Court of Human Rights at a Turning Point

    Judge Linos-Alexandrer Sicilianos (ECHR)
    Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws
    Accredited with 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB (pending)
    About this lecture
    This lecture will explore:
    • Introduction: the current situation. Some good news from Strasbourg.
    • Is there a need to reform? Evaluation of the contribution of the 14th Protocol to the ECHR. Amelioration of working methods. Filtering. The notion of 'well-established case-law'. Perspectives under the current system.
    • What kind of reform? Proposals of the British authorities. Other proposals. Advisory opinions or 'preliminary rulings'? Individual or 'constitutional' justice?
    • The subsidiarity principle. States have the primary responsibility for the application of the ECHR. The role of the Court as the guarantor of the Convention system. The notion of 'shared responsibilities'. The ECHR as a living instrument.
    • Some tentative conclusions
    Thursday 8 March 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    Another new approach to financial regulation

    Professor Eilis Ferran, St Catherine's College, Cambridge
    Chair: The Rt Hon The Lord Mance
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    The UK is conducting its third major review of financial regulation since the 1980s. Will we get it "right" this time? This lecture examines key aspects of the latest "new" approach, assessing them by reference to the underlying policy objectives, and considered challenges that are likely to lie ahead.
    Wednesday 7 March 2012
    Centre for Law and the Environment Lecture
    The Impossibility of Carbon Trading

    Professor Dave Campbell, University of Leeds
    Chair: Prof. Joanne Scott, UCL
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    Tuesday 6 March 2012
    UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
    Patents stop people doing things. So why are they a good thing?

    The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (UCL Laws)
    Time: 13:15 - 13:55pm
    Venue: UCL Darwin Lecture Theatre
    For more information see the UCL Lunch Hour Lecture Website
    About this lecture
    The public debate about patents is old and never stops. Here is what Jeremy Bentham said: “So long as men are governed by unexamined prejudices and led away by sounds, it is natural for them to regard Patents as unfavourable to the encrease of wealth. So soon as they obtain clear ideas to annex to these sounds, it is impossible for them to do otherwise than recognize them to be favourable to that encrease: and that in so essential a degree, that the security given to property can not be said to be compleat without it”

    This lecture put the debate in modern context and showed why Bentham was right.

    Friday 2 March 2012
    UCL Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lectures
    Guilty silence: Is the presumption of innocence being undermined in the policy station?

    Abenaa Owusu-Bempah, PhD Candidate, UCL Laws
    Time: 1.10 - 1.55pm
    Venue: Mully's, UCL Lewis's Building, Gower Street

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    Thursday 1 March 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    The concept of "jurisdiction" in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

    Judge Angelika Nussberger, European Court of Human Rights
    Chair: Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this lecture
    According to the European Convention on Human Rights Member States to the Convention have to protect the human rights of "everyone within their jurisdiction". Therefore it is crucial to delimit the jurisdiction of the State. This can raise difficult problems both within and outside the territory of a State. Is a State responsible for the actions of an international organisation acting within its territory if it enjoys immunity? Are there inroads into the concept of "immunity" in order to make human rights protection effective? – On the other hand, under what circumstances can a State be held responsible for extraterritorial actions? The lecture examined in how far the European Court of Human Rights has been called upon to further elaborate the concept of "jurisdiction" in its case-law and will discuss the consequences for general international law.

    Wednesday 29 February 2012
    Centre for Ethics & Law
    Corporate Social Responsibility and the Provision of Public Goods by Multinational Enterprises

    Prof. Sarianna M Lundan (University of Bremen)
    Discussant: Prof. Charlotte Villiers (University of Bristol)
    Chair: Dr Iris Chiu (UCL)
    Accredited with 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this lecture
    Four facts stand out regarding the public goods underlying the production and distribution of commercial goods and services. First, public goods "matter", because economic activity is either impossible or too inefficient when roads, harbors, utilities, communication networks and other "preliminary" goods and services are missing. Second, economic activity is hindered when deficits in education, health or security increase the transaction costs in the market. Third, these local infrastructural and institutional deficiencies have often been overcome by investors. Fourth, this issue has hardly received any attention in international business research apart from a general interest in the existence of "institutional voids". Such voids refer to failures and imperfections in labor, capital and product markets, as well as misguided government regulations and capricious application of the law, which prevent firms from capturing the full economic rents from their commercial enterprises, particularly in emerging markets. This underdeveloped state of research gives us the opportunity to investigate how foreign MNEs obtain the public goods necessary for the production of the private goods that attracted them to many emerging markets in the first place. This talk focussed on four core questions:

    1. What are public goods and collective goods, how do they differ from private ones, and what theoretical treatment is appropriate for their study in this context?
    2. What institutions affect the provisioning of public goods, and what governance modes are available to do so?
    3. What organizational factors distinguish the provisioning of public goods from that of private ones?
    4. What is the relationship between the provisioning of public goods and the corporate social responsibility activities of MNEs?
    Wednesday 29 February 2012
    UCL Legal & Social Philosophy Colloquium
    Supererogation and Virtue
    Speaker: Prof. Roger Crisp (University of Oxford)
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    Friday 24 February 2012, 2-3pm
    WTO Scholars' Forum: New Directions in the Discourse on WTO Law
    Development in the WTO
    Sonia E Rolland, Northeastern University School of Law
    About this lecture
    Seeking to open paths for reconsidering the trade and development relationship at the WTO, this paper takes into account both the heritage of the trade regime and its present dynamics. It argues that the institutional processes for creating and implementing trade rules at the WTO and the actual regulatory outcomes are inseparable. A consideration of the development dimension at the WTO must examine both jointly. It shows that the shortcomings of the Doha Development Round are in part due to the failure to assess trade rules as part of the legal processes and institutions that produced them. This book devotes significant analysis to the systemic impact of the WTO as an institution on developing and least developed members. From a pragmatic perspective, it provides a coherent and systematic analysis of the legal meaning, the implementation, and the adjudication of special and differential treatment rules for developing members. It then evaluates the different regulatory approaches to trade and development from a more theoretical perspective. The book finishes by presenting a range of proposals for a better balance between trade liberalization and the development needs of many WTO members.
    Friday 24 February 2011
    London Roman Law Group
    Local Jurisdiction in the lex Irnitana: palingenesia
    Prof. Ernest Metzger, University of Glasgow

    Thursday 23 February 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    Pluralism and Justice in the contemporary European legal space

    Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
    Chair: The Rt Hon The Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this lecture
    Contemporary European legal scholarship, in its focus on sovereignty, hierarchy and pluralism has paid too little attention to the concept of justice. Undoubtedly, achieving justice in the EU is problematic. The many differences between Member State legal systems, and their varied attitudes towards, for example, redistribution of wealth, render an overarching concept of justice for the EU seemingly unattainable. Indeed, the complex, pluralist landscape of EU law and governance, with its fragmented lines of authority and near invisible accountabilities, seems to render injustice all the more likely. How is justice achievable, given this complexity? Yet EU law must seek to promote justice – what would we say of a legal system that did not seek to do so? In this lecture, I argue for justice as a value to be promoted by the EU. In order to aid its realisation, I argue for the recasting and re-imagining of human rights and the rule of law as 'Critical Legal Justice' - a vibrant concept of justice able to span the Byzantine complexities of the European legal space.
    Tuesday 21 February 2012
    IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Series
    How Constitutions Change: Some Surprising Findings
    Professor Carlo Fusaro (University of Florence)
    Chair: Professor Dawn Oliver (UCL)
    About this lecture
    Professor Dawn Oliver of UCL and Professor Carlo Fusaro of the University of Florence recently completed a project in which they compared the ways in which fourteen broadly liberal constitutions, and the EU 'constitution', change. The results are published in How Constitutions Change (Hart Publishing, 2011). Constitutional change can come about in a surprisingly wide range of ways: not only as a result of formal constitutional amendment procedures such as special majorities in the Parliament or referendums, but as a result of changes in the standing orders of parliaments, decisions by the courts, some of which have been rather revolutionary, changes in conventions or governmental praxis, informal agreements between constitutional bodies, or in the form of soft law - codes, guidance, protocols. Lessons can be taken from this project as to the conditions in which constitutional change can or cannot take place and the implications if the political culture in a country makes formal change impossible.
    Monday 20 February 2012
    UCL Constitution Unit Seminar Series
    Judicial Diversity
    Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC

    About this lecture
    Prof Dame Hazel Genn will discuss the issue of judicial diversity in England and Wales, focusing in particular on strategies to enhance judicial diversity. In January 2006 she was appointed as the Inaugural Commissioner of the new Judicial Appointments Commission and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2003-07. In April 2009, Prof Genn was appointed to the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. In a recent report, the Panel noted that there is a strong case for a more diverse judiciary but that there is no 'quick fix' to the problem.
    Thursday 16 February 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    Mental disorder and the law: A decade of learning?
    Professor Genevra Richardson, King's College London
    Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Sullivan
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    Well over ten years ago the New Labour government embarked on a programme of mental health law reform. It was an often heated and unedifying process but out of it have emerged twenty first century amendments to an old statute and some more twenty first century amendments to a new statute. These two statutes deal respectively with mental disorder and mental incapacity, two closely related concepts that both law and medicine struggle to define in the abstract and to apply in practice. This paper will return to some of the themes raised in a CLP lecture delivered in 2001 and will consider how far we have come since then, what lessons we have learned, what questions we should have been asking and what the prospects might be for the future.
    Wednesday 15 February 2012
    IBIL Annual Brands Seminar
    Trade Marks and the Internet - US and European Views
    Professor Barton Beebe (NYU)
    Alexander von Muhlendahl (Bardehle Pargenberg)
    Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Arnold
    Accredited with 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this event
    What amounts to a trade mark infringement on the Internet is a a matter of vital commercial importance. Both the question of whether there is an infringement and who should be liable are subjects of wide debate and argument. Can a trade mark owner sue an internet auctioneer? Could others (ISPs, credit card companies via whom infringers are paid sand so on). And how far can a court grant remedies having cross-border effect. These questions are increasingly coming before the courts on both sides of the Atlantic. Is a common approach possible or necessary? Attendees will get a clear understanding of the current state of the law and where it may be going in the figured.
    Tuesday 14 February 2012
    Centre for Ethics and Law
    Shareholder Engagement in the Embedded Business Corporation: Investment Activism, Human Rights and TWAIL Discourse

    Professor Aaron Dhir (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    The expansion of transnational corporations’ overseas business operations has led to serious concerns regarding human rights-related impacts. As these apprehensions grow, we see a countervailing rise in calls for government intervention and in levels of rights-conscious shareholder advocacy by socially responsible investment organizations. I focus on the latter as manifested in recent use of the shareholder proposal mechanism found in corporate law. Shareholder proposals, while under-theorized, provide a valuable lens through which to consider the Polanyian notion that economic behaviour is embedded within social relations. In doing so, I situate my analysis within Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholarship.
    Friday 10 February 2012
    UCL Institute for Human Rights
    The European Convention on Human Rights: A Living Instrument
    Speakers include: Professor Nicos Alivizatos (University of Athens, Faculty of Law), Judge Christos Rozakis (former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights), Judge Dean Spielmann (European Court of Human Rights, President of Section V), Dr Panayotis Voyatzis (Referendaire, European Court of Human Rights), and Dr George Letsas and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL).
    About this lecture
    This event will celebrate the publication of the book 'The European Convention on Human Rights: A Living and Dynamic Instrument', a collection of essays in honour of Judge Rozakis (Bruylant, 2011). Speakers will discuss the role of the Court for the protection of human rights in Europe, the character of the Convention as a living document and its contemporary relevance, and the exceptional contribution of Judge Rozakis.
    Thursday 9 February 2012 - INAUGURAL
    Patterns of Legal Change
    Professor Paul Mitchell, UCL Faculty of Laws
    Chair: Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, Dean, Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    This lecture argues that understanding how and why legal change occurs is a fundamental inquiry for the academic study of law. However, the patterns of legal change remain inadequately understood, and - as a consequence - little studied in their own right, and under-theorised. We too often make crude assumptions based on limited evidence, which, when a wider range of primary sources are considered, are shown to be mistaken. These primary sources – such as law reform committee papers, judges’ notebooks, and correspondence – show that the way in which legal change comes about is far more complex, subtle and unpredictable than the official sources would have us believe. A more accurate understanding of what actually happens allows for the creation, and refinement, of radically different theoretical models of legal change.
    Wednesday 8 February 2012
    UCL / Bindmans Annual Debate
    Freedom of the Press versus Privacy Rights: Time for Parliament to draw the line?
    Panelists include:
    • Tessa Jowell, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, the Shadow Minister for the Olympics, and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
    • Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust
    • Max Mosley
    • Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian

    Chair: Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers

    About this lecture
    The UCL / Bindmans Debate will provide a forum to discuss the issues surrounding self or statutory regulation of the press. How might the current system be reformed? Should regulation be scrapped altogether or is full statutory regulation the answer? The pros and cons will be considered in what will be a lively debate
    Wednesday 8 February 2012
    UCL Legal & Social Philosophy Colloquium
    The Afterlife
    Speaker: Prof. Samuel Scheffler, NYU
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    Thursday 2 February 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    Obligations in Commercial Contracts: A Matter of Law or Interpretation?
    Catherine Mitchell, University of Hull
    Chair: Professor Gerard McMeel, University of Bristol
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this lecture
    English commercial contract law is undergoing its own ‘interpretative turn’. According to Lord Hoffmann, disputes concerning implied terms in contracts and the extent of the defendant’s liability for loss on breach are resolved by searching for the meaning of the parties’ agreement. The process is one of contextual interpretation of the contract (understood in a broad sense), rather than the external application of autonomous legal rules derived from authoritative precedents. On the one hand this agreement-centred approach can be regarded as the natural consequence of a definitive principle of contractual liability – obligations are assumed by the parties, rather than imposed on them on a priori grounds. On this basis, Lord Hoffmann is simply reasserting the facilitative character of commercial contract law. On the other hand this approach raises questions about the scope and limits of the legal regulation of commercial activity by courts. At its most extreme, the interpretative approach espoused by Lord Hoffmann admits of only an attenuated commitment to commercial contract law as a repository of non-instrumental normative values. Instead, commercial contract law is perceived only as a loose grouping of pragmatic considerations, given a superficial veneer of coherence by reference to a substantively empty concept such as the ‘reasonable expectations of the parties’. This lecture traced the development of this interpretative turn and assess some of its possible implications, both for the operation of other rules of contract law and for our general understanding of the role of the law in regulating commercial activity.
    Thursday 2 February 2012
    IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Series
    Global Administrative Law and Global Governance: The Normative Agenda
    Professor Richard B. Stewart (NYU Law School)
    Chair: Prof. Joanne Scott (UCL)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    Many different global regulatory bodies and their domestic counterparts increasingly follow global administrative law practices of transparency, participation, reason giving and review in making decisions. This lecture will address two fundamental questions regarding this striking new development. First, can Global Administrative Law improve global governance by, for example, fostering the rule of law, securing accountability, protecting disregarded interests, or promoting democratic values? Second, and related, to what extent are the elements of global administrative law “law,” as opposed to simply good administrative practice? The answers have profound implications for the legal profession and for law’s contribution to global governance.
    Wednesday 1 February 2012
    Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) at UCL's Law Faculty with the UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Brüstle v Greenpeace: Has the European Court seriously damaged stem cell research?
    Dr Justin Turner QC, 3 New Square Chambers
    Professor Pete Coffey, UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Professor Jo Wolff, UCL Department of Philosophy
    Chaired by The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob
    Time: 6 - 7.30pm
    Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
    Accredited with 1.5 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this event
    On Tuesday 18th October 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union published it's decision regarding the case of Brüstle v Greenpeace, declaring that a process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, cannot be patented. There is a widespread view that its effect has been to provide a significant bar to patentability in this area. In this event the true legal limits of the decision will be explored and its practical and ethical implications will be examined.

    Tuesday 31 January 2012
    UCL Labour Rights Institute
    A Bill of Rights or a Bill of Wrongs?
    Speaker: Peter Reading, Director of Legal Policy at The Equality and Human Rights Commission
    Chair: Colm O'Cinneide, UCL
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

    About this event
    In March 2011 the coalition government established an independent Commission on a Bill of Rights. It has terms of reference to investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that replaces the Human Rights Act (HRA) but '...incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law.' This lecture will examine the political and legal ramifications of the debate on replacing the HRA with a Bill of Rights. Do we already have a Bill of Rights in the form of the HRA? Does the HRA work effectively and should it be retained? What are the national implications for the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland of a possible repeal of the HRA? And finally what are the potential international ramifications of repealing the HRA on the protection of human rights globally.

    Thursday 26 January 2012
    Current Legal Problems lecture
    The Medical Exception

    Professor Penney Lewis, King's College London
    Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ward
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    At common law, medical practice is regulated by the criminal law in two main ways. First, by the law governing serious offences against the person or serious assault. Second, by the crime of maim or mayhem, which is a common law crime in some jurisdictions, and a statutory offence in others. Either at common law or in statute, a ‘medical exception’ exists which takes most medical treatment outside of both strands of criminal law regulation. In order to qualify for the medical exception, two elements must be present: the patient’s consent; and some form of public policy justification. Different versions of this public policy justification focus variously on the patient, the public, and the medical profession.

    Most medical procedures are therapeutic and fall easily into the patient-focused narrowest version of the medical exception. Some controversial procedures have historically been separately regulated by the criminal law—abortion and euthanasia are the most prominent examples. In this paper Professor Lewis consider those new and controversial medical procedures (NCMPs) which are not separately regulated but fall to be dealt with by the criminal law. They are controversial because they may be considered non-therapeutic. Thus, whether they fall within the medical exception is or has been the subject of some controversy. These include: cosmetic surgery; contraceptive sterilisation; organ donation; non-therapeutic research; gender reassignment surgery; and amputation for body dysmorphia disorder (BDD) or body integrity identity disorder (BIID). Formal legal change—judicial decisions or legislation—on NCMPs is rare. More commonly, legal change occurs informally, and legality is acknowledged retrospectively via state funding for some or all patients, or by inference from civil or public law claims in which the underlying legality is assumed or from government regulation. This paper will consider the critique of the medical exception as reactive and dysfunctional, and examine the appropriate role of the criminal law in this context.

    Thursday 26 January 2012
    UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
    The Triumph of Human Rights: Dream or Nightmare?

    Colm O'Cinneide
    Time: 13:15 - 13:55pm
    Venue: UCL Darwin Lecture Theatre
    For more information see the UCL Lunch Hour Lecture Website
    About this lecture
    Since 1945, the language of human rights has acquired great potency and resonance. Human rights law plays an ever-greater role in national legal systems, and states are now expected to respect an ever-growing range of basic rights. However, a growing backlash can now be detected against the apparently ever-expanding scope of human rights guarantees. Has the concept of human rights been stretched too far? Has it departed from its core mission? This lecture will address some of these questions, and make the case for an expansive conception of rights.
    Thursday 19 January 2012 - INAUGURAL
    Towards a Philosophy of Human Rights
    Professor John Tasioulas, UCL Faculty of Laws
    Chair: The Rt Hon Baroness Onora O'Neill
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    In recent decades, the discourse of human rights has come to play an increasingly prominent role in our public life, both within the law and beyond. Yet the nature of human rights, and the grounds on which we are entitled to assert their existence, remain matters of deep controversy. Is the idea of a human right fundamentally continuous with the older notion of a natural right, or does it represent a distinctively post-1948 innovation? Are human rights best understood in terms of some political function, such as benchmarks of governmental legitimacy or triggers for intervention? Are they grounded in the interests of their possessors, or do they have a basis that is independent of any conception of the human good? The lecture will try to show how philosophical reflection can shed light on these questions, responding in part to recent philosophical work on human rights.
    Thursday 19 January 2012
    IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Series
    Courts, Climate Expertise and Civic Epistemologies
    Professor Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School)
    Chair: Dr Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
    Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this lecture
    The role of experts in the legal process has generally been examined from the standpoint of juridical capacity to distinguish reliable from unreliable knowledge. In an era of globalization it is more important to understand how courts evaluate the universal claims of science in relation to background cultural norms of reason, demonstration, and evidence—in short, to the collective knowledge ways that Professor Jasanoff has elsewhere termed "civic epistemologies." Using climate science as an example, she compares US and UK developments in climate law and policy to illustrate how courts reproduce the background norms of reasoning that give specificity to modern political cultures. Courts in this analysis are sites in which competing, quasi-constitutional understandings of the right relations between knowledge and power are tested and dominant ones are reaffirmed. Judicial decisions are at once markers of national difference and signposts to the epistemic habits that must be acknowledged and addressed in building common legal responses to global public problems.
    Friday 13 January 2012
    IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Series
    'The System of the Constitution': A Critical Discussion
    Professor Adrian Vermuele (Harvard Law School)
    Commentators: Nick Barber (Fellow and Tutor in law, Trinity College, Oxford); Timothy Endicott (Professor of Legal Philosophy, Fellow of Balliol College and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford) ; Jeff King (Senior Lecturer, University College London) ; Christian List (Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, London School of Economics); Thomas Poole (Reader in Law, London School of Economics)
    Accredited with 3 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB
    About this event
    Professor Adrian Vemeule (Harvard Law School) is one of most interesting and dynamic scholars of public law and constitutional theory now writing in the United States. His work combines deep and broad knowledge of legal and political theory, decision theory and organizational behavior, as well as careful attention to legal doctrine and the plethora of empirical studies on judging within the American system. His earlier work Judging Under Uncertainty (2006), Law and the Limits of Reason (2008), and The Executive Unbound (2011) present formidable challenges to the received wisdom about the role of appellate judges in constitutional democracies. Professor Vermeule is a notable advocate of judicial restraint.

    In The System of the Constitution (OUP, 2011) Vermeule presents a systems-analysis of constitutional orders, arguing that constitutional orders are ‘aggregates within aggregates, systems nested within systems.’ Legal and political theorists often fail to account for this structure, and commit the fallacy of composition by making invalid inferences from what might be true of part of the system, to what is true of its whole. Vermeule takes us deep into systems theory, offering a concrete and readable account of it and showing what difference it makes to our understanding of constitutionalism in any complex society. He explores the general theory of second-best, applying it to constitutions, and brings the books’ insights to bear on process of legal interpretation undertaken by judges. Notably, he argues that theorists have overlooked the dynamic mutual adjustments that occur between selection of constitutional actors (e.g. judges) and the interpretive doctrines they are meant to apply.

    For this event, five notable scholars of constitutional or political theory examined Professor Vermeule’s book in critical detail, and Vermeule responded before the floor opened for discussion.

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