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UCL Laws Events: Annual Mishcon lectures

About the Mishcon Lectures

The Mishcon Lectures were established in 1990 in honour of Lord Mishcon to mark his 75th birthday and in recognition of his achievements and service in the fields of law, education, religion, government and politics, both central and local.

The topics have ranged from:

  • the role and office of the Lord Chancellor;
  • freedom of conscience and religion as applied to abortion and euthenasia;
  • re-inventing families, i.e. social and economic policies for the family of the 1990s, as researched by the IPPR and the Commission for Social Justice;
  • the political future of Central and Eastern Europe torn apart by nationalism;
  • the philosophical justification for the judicial protection of constitutional and human rights;
  • the conflict between theocratic, man-centred religions and Gaia, the quasi-religious environmental philosophy;
  • justice, reconciliation and forgiveness for human rights violations in human conflicts;
  • populism and pluralism in the New Labour government's constitutional reform programme;
  • the Blair style of leadership in comparison to previous Prime Ministers; and
  • the advent of a new, human rights based, world order in International Law.

The eclectic nature of the lectures reflect UCL's wish to encompass as wide a spectrum of social, economic, moral, legal and political issues as possible, reflecting Lord Mishcon's career and interests.

The annual Mishcon Lecture has rapidly become a major event in the calendar of academic, political, legal and intellectual life in London.

2014 Keir Starmer26 November 2014
Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC, Doughty Street Chambers
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2013 Lisa JardeinProfessor Lisa Jardine, UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
Are we beyond the help of history?
2011 Lord Malloch-BrownLord Malloch-Brown, Chairman, EMEA & Global Affairs, FTI Consulting Inc.
British Foreign Policy in a Changing World



2010 Simon JenkinsSimon Jenkins, Journalist and Author, Chairman of the National Trust
Do we need defence at all?
2009 Shami ChakrabartiShami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty
Common Values, Common Sense:
The story of rights and freedoms in modern Britain


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2007 Sir Stephen SedleyThe Rt Hon Lord Justice Sedley
Bringing Rights Home: Time to Start a Family?
2006 Baroness Helena Kennedy QCThe Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC
Who Runs Britain: Downing Street, Fleet Street or the White House? Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
2005 Philippe Sands QCProfessor Philippe Sands QC, UCL
Lawless World? International Law after 9/11 and Iraq
2004 Lord WoolfThe Rt Hon The Lord Woolf, then Lord Chief Justice
Do we need a new approach to penal policy?
2002 Judge Richard GoldstoneJudge Richard Goldstone, Judge of the South African Constitutional Court.
The Implications of September 11 for an International Rule of Law
2000 Peter HennessyProfessor Peter Hennessy, Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London;
Patterns of Premiership: The Blair Style in Historical Context
1999 David MarquandDr David Marquand, then Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford;
Populism and pluralism in the New Labour government’s
constitutional reform programme
1998 Fergal KeaneFergal Keane, then BBC Foreign Correspondent;
Justice, Reconciliation and Forgiveness for Human Rights Violations
in Human Conflicts
1997 Sir Crispin TickellSir Crispin Tickell, then Master of Green College, Oxford and formerly UK ambassador to the UN;
God, Gaia and the Environment
1996 Sir John LawsSir John Laws, then one of Her Majesty's judges of the High Court;
Judicial Protection of Constitutional and Human Rights
1995 Vernon BogdanorVernon Bogdanor, then Reader in Politics and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford;
The Political Future of Central and Eastern Europe
1993 Patricia HewittPatricia Hewitt, then Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Policy Research;
Re-Inventing Families
1991 Ronald DworkinProfessor Ronald Dworkin, then Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford;
Freedom of Conscience and Religion
1990 Lord MackayLord Mackay, then Lord Chancellor:
The Role and Office of the Lord Chancellor


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