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June 2014 Wednesday 25 June 2014
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
2014 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
Culture of the Public Domain - A Good Thing?
  • Speakers: Professor Hugh Hansen, Fordham Law School
  • Chair: The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob, UCL Laws
  • Accreditation: Accreditation for CPD is pending for this event

April 2014 Monday 28 April 2014, Tuesday 29 April, Thursday 1 May
UCL 2014 Quain Lectures:
From Personal Life to Private Law

by Prof. John Gardner (Oxford)
  • 28 April 2014: That's the story of my life
  • 29 April 2014: Say it with flowers
  • 1 May 2014: The way things used to be
  • Chair: Professor John Tasioulas (UCL)
  • Accreditation: This event was not accredited for CPD

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March 2014 Friday 14 March 2014
Centre for Law and Ethics Annual Lecture
The place of 'institutions' in the idea of 'corruption'
  • Speaker: Professor Lawrence Lessig, (Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard University)
  • Accreditation: This event is not accredited for CPD

In this talk, Professor Lessig introduces the idea of “institutional corruption,” and uses it to understand pathologies in important public institutions, especially the United States Congress.

  Wednesday 12 March 2014
UCL Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner: 
Are the judges too powerful?
  • Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Dyson
  • Chair: Edwin Glasgow CBE QC
  • Accreditation: This event was not accredited for CPD

February 2014 UCL IBIL Annual Brands Lecture
Trade Marks and Designs: the Designers' Perspective
  • Speakers: Matthew Cockerill (Seymour Powell, Chris Griffin (pi global and the Museum of Brands), Alexander Carter-Silk (Speechly Bircham), and Simon Malynicz (3 New Square)
  • Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Birss
  • Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1.5 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB
November 2013 Friday 22 November 2013
UCL Laws Special Event
Mass Surveillance and Freedom of the Press: A Conversation with Glenn Greenwald
  • Speaker: Glenn Greenwald
  • Moderators: Dr Jeff King (UCL) and Myles Kaufman
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)

About this event
Last June, Glenn Greenwald broke the story of the mass surveillance government programs disclosed in the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In August Mr. Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained by police at Heathrow Airport for 9 hours under schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.  Mr. Greenwald has continued to release and comment on similar leaks since then and recently announced his departure from the Guardian to launch a new journalism venture with eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar.

Our moderator led a conversation with Mr. Greenwald via Skype on the range of legal and political questions raised by his recent efforts. These include the lack of safeguards on government surveillance programs, the individual’s right to privacy, the freedom of the press to publish such information and any alleged threats these exposures pose to national security.

June 2013 Wednesday 19 June 2013
UCL / Bindman Debate
International Human Rights Breaches - State Accountability v State Immunity
  • Panel includes: 
    • Prof. Eileen Denza CMG;
    • Omar Deghayes, Cageprisoners, former Guantanamo prisoner;
    • Ben Emmerson QC, Matrix Chambers; and
    • Julian Knowles QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Chair: 
    • Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Queen Mary's College, London


Wednesday 12 June 2013
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
supported by Taylor Wessing LLP
Community Trade Marks - Are they a Swiss Cheese? Do Community Trade Marks still have unitary effect in the EU?
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Joachmin Bornkamm (German Supreme Court)
  • Chair: Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (IBIL)
  • Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (SRA and BSB)

March 2013 Inaugural Lecture and Bentham Association Presidential Address
IP Law: Keep Calm and Carry On? 
by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)

This talk inaugurated the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in Intellectual Property Law and was also the 2013 Bentham Association Presidential Address. The Bentham Association is the UCL Laws Alumni association. 

UCL Colloquium in Legal and Social Philosophy
Giving Desert its Due
Speaker: Prof. T. M. Scanlon (Harvard University)

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February 2013 IBIL Annual Brands Lecture
Assessing confusion in trade mark and passing off cases
  • Speakers: Tony Durham, Director of Shopper Insights at Procter and Gamble; Dr Jane Leighton, Consultant at Nielsen Neurofocus; Tony Willoughby; and Mark McKenna, Professor of Intellectual Property, Notre Dame Law School
  • Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Arnold
  • Accreditation: 1.5 CPD by the SRA (BSB pending) and constitutes relevant CPD for IPReg

Justice, Law and Global Health

by Professor James Orbinski, University of Toronto
Chaired by Professor Michael Freeman, UCL

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. In this lecture Dr. Orbinski drew 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.

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

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.

Purple Haze: The Danger of Being in the Dark about Judges
By Professor Cheryl Thomas, UCL Professor of Judicial Studies

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. 

April 2012 What Would Leadership in Copyright Policy Look Like?
A talk by William F. Patry, Chief Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.

bill patryThe Hargreaves Review bemoaned the prevalence of lobbynomics and the tendency of policy-driven evidence-making, instead of evidence-driven policy-making. When politicians talk about being leaders, what does it mean to lead when policy is not based on evidence? Who is leading who?

At a lively UCL Institute for Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) Brands Seminar held on 3 April, William F Patry, Chief Copyright Counsel, Google Inc. discussed the issues and the current state of play on copyright with The Rt Hon Prof Sir Robin Jacob of UCL Laws, who chaired the event. A copyright lawyer for 30 years, Bill Patry previously served as copyright counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and as a Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights. He is also a prolific writer on copyright. He offered his frank and far-reaching expertise on US and international copyright issues to the UCL audience in attendance.

For more info:
IPKat Event Blog Part I
IPKat Event Blog Part II

Mar 2012 Tuesday 27 March 2012
UCL Special Lecture
Law, Environment and Governance: Harbour Reclamation in Hong Kong
Speaker: UCL Laws Alumnus Winston Ka-Sun Chu

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.

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

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett DBE

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Feb 2012 Wednesday 15 February 2012
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law - Annual Brands Lecture
Trade Marks and the Internet: US and European Views

Professor Barton Beebe (NYU) - DOWNLOAD PAPER
Alexander von Muhlendahl (Bardehle Pargenberg) - DOWNLOAD PAPER
Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Arnold

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 had clear understanding of the current state of the law and where it may be going in the figured.

Thursday 9 February 2012
Inaugural Lecture
Patterns of Legal Change by Prof. Paul Mitchell (UCL)

Wednesday 8 February 2012
UCL / Bindmans Annual Debate
Freedom of the Press versus Privacy Rights: Time for Parliament to draw the line?
Speakers: Tessa Jowell, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood; Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust; Max Mosley, Former President FIA; Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian
Chair: Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers

Jan 2012 Thursday 19 January 2012 - Inaugural Lecture
Towards a Philosophy of Human Rights
Professor John Tasioulas, UCL Faculty of Laws
Chair: The Rt Hon Baroness Onora O'Neill

December 2011 Wednesday 14 December 2011
UCL Judicial Institute, with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and BIICL
A British Interpretation of Convention Rights

Speaker: Lord Irvine of Lairg
Chair: Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws & Co-Director of UCL Judicial Institute & Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

November 2011 Wednesday 23 November 2011
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law - Innovation Seminar
Conor v Angiotech
On Appeal from the House of Lords and the District Court of the Hague

Before the Supreme Patent Court (Justice Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada)
Council for the Appellants:
The Rt Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob and members of the Audience
Council for the Respondents:
The Rt Hon Professor Lord Hoffmann and members of the Audience
Accreditation: 1.5CPD hours (SRA / BSB / IPReg)

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  Tuesday 22 November 2011
Annual Mishcon Lecture

British Foreign Policy in a Changing World

By Lord Malloch-Brown, Chairman, EMEA & Global Affairs, FTI Consulting Inc.
Chaired by Joshua Rozenberg

  Tuesday 22 November 2011
UCL Judicial Institute
Achieving a Culture Change in Case Management
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jackson

  Thursday 17 November 2011
Doing the Sustainable Development Dance: Stepping from the Education for Sustainable Development Movement to Environmental Justice in Legal Education
Prof. Jane Holder, UCL Faculty of Laws
Chair: Stephen Hockman QC
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA and BSB

  UCL Jurisprudence Review
The Normative Value of Free Speech and Privacy

Speakers include:
The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley
Prof. Leslie Green (University of Oxford)
Prof. Eric Barendt (UCL)
Charlotte Harris (Partner, Mishcon de Reya)
Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (Master of the Rolls)

In light of topical social, political and legal debates upon the intersection of the rights of freedom of expression and respect for private life, the UCL Jurisprudence Review will be celebrating the launch of its 17th volume by hosting a panel discussion to address the normative value of freedom of expression and privacy. Questions addressed in this debate include:

  • the relationship between freedom of expression and freedom of the press privacy as a fundamental right
  • how rights to freedom of speech and privacy are balanced when both are engaged in a particular case
  • the duties that those who benefit from rights of free speech have in respect of what they say
  • whether the decline of injunctions and super-injunctions has encouraged further bad practices between the press, PR agents and those selling private information to newspapers or defending themselves against the publication of their private information

Audio only recording

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October 2011 Institute for Human Rights
Does Britain Need a Bill of Rights?

In March 2011 the Coalition government launched a Commission to investigate the case for a British Bill of Rights, which would replace the Human Rights Act (HRA). The HRA was passed by the Labour government in 1998, giving legal effect to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and allowing domestic courts to rely on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The question of whether Britain needs a UK Bill of Rights and the precise role of the ECHR at domestic level, divides experts and members of the public alike.

Speakers include:
- Chris Bryant MP - former Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform
- Saladin Meckled-Garcia, UCL Institute for Human Rights
- Aileen Kavanagh, University of Oxford
- Colm O'Cinneide, UCL
The chair was taken by Joshua Rozenberg, Presenter of BBC's Law in Action

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October 2011 UCL Laws Legal Education Debate with LexisNexis
Do Lawyers Needs to be Scholars?

This event brought together a panel of speakers to discuss the value of academic legal education to the legal profession. In the current climate this was both timely and important and we hope you will enjoy the lively discussion.

Speakers include:
Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL Faculty of Laws / Matrix Chambers)
Rebecca Huxley-Binns (NTU and winner of Law Teacher of the Year 2010)
Professor Stephen Mayson (Director of Legal Services Policy Institute, College of Law)
Sir Mark Potter (Chair, LETR Panel)
Professor Richard Moorhead (Cardiff Law School)
David Bickerton (Managing Partner, Clifford Chance)
The chair was taken by Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws

June 2011 The Sir Hugh Laddie Annual Lecture
Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg: too many trademarks?
Speaker: The Hon Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken, Irish Supreme Court
Chaired by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Mummery

May 2011 Institute for Human Rights
Forced Evictions and Human Rights:
Launch of a Report and discussion of how land and housing evictions violate economic an social rights

A new report examining how people and communities around the world face forced eviction has been published by a prominent group of researchers, led by UCL academics. This event has been set up by the Institute for Human Rights to discuss the relationships of forced evictions to economic and social rights, and their status as violations.  

Speakers include:
Professor Yves Cabannes - UCL Development and Planning Unit, co-author of report
Sylvia Guimaraes - Building & Social Housing Federation, co-author
Cassidy Johnson - UCL Development and Planning Unit, co-author
Malavika Vartak - Amnesty International UK
Cesare Ottolini - International Alliance of Inhabitants and Zero Eviction Campaign
Saladin Meckled-Garcia - UCL Institute for Human Rights
George Letsas - UCL Institute for Human Rights
Facilitated by Gautam Bhan - Indian Institute for Human Settlements

April 2011 Institute of Brand and Innovation Law DEBATE
Do Patents Incentivise or Inhibit Innovation? A scientific and legal panel discussion

The panel consisted of:
  • Sydney Brenner, 2002 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine,
  • Professor Sir John E. Sulston (2002 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine, Chair of Institute for Science, Ethics & Innovation, University of Manchester),
  • Professor Salvador Moncada (Director, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, UCL),
  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob (Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law, UCL)
  • Patrick Vallance (Senior Vice President, Medicines Discovery and Development, GlaxoSmithKline)

Accredited with 1.5 CPD hours (SRA / BSB / IPReg)

March 2011

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law Lecture
Trade Marks: The Future of the Advertising Function

Jerome Gilson (Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione) - DOWNLOAD PAPER
Dr Ilanah Simon Fhima (UCL) - DOWNLOAD SLIDES
Prof. Dr Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute of IP) - DOWNLOAD SLIDES
Chaired by The Hon Mr Justice Arnold
Accredited with 2 CPD hour


November 2010

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law Lecture
Patent Claim Interpretation

Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck, Judge at the German Federal Court of Justice
Professor Dan Burk, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine
Dr Matt Fisher, UCL IBIL
Chaired by Professor Daniel Alexander QC, UCL and 8 New Square

About this event:
This seminar examined some of the many issues that surround the interpretation of a patent's claims in Germany, the UK and US. Patents operate as a breakwater from competition, enabling control of the supply and use of a certain type of information; information that would otherwise be freely appropriable by all. They create scarcity where there would naturally be none, marking out a novel zone of virgin territory that may only be cultivated by the patentee or with their permission. Due to this effect their scope is of critical importance. In the UK, as in Germany and the US, the patent's claims are the key to its scope. They are utilised by the granting Office when considering issues of patentability and by the courts in matters of validity and infringement. Their breadth is important to the patentee as this defines the extent of their proprietary interest, and to their competitors for the very same reason.

This seminar brought together leading speakers from Germany, the UK and US to consider issues including:

  • Article 69 EPC and its Protocol; their form and function
  • The German approach to claim interpretation;
  • The Doctrine of Equivalents;
  • The US approach to claim construction; and
  • The current UK approach to construction.

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law Lecture
How can Europe be a key player at a global level in the patent field? What is the role of the EPO?

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO)

Followed by a panel discussion with the speaker and
John Alty, Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and
Alasdair Poore
, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

The chair was taken by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob

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  Annual Mishcon Lecture
Do we need defence at all?
by Simon Jenkins,
Journalist, Author and chairman of The National Trust

July 2010 Annual Jevons Institute Colloquium
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.

The 2010 Jevons Colloquium brought together heads of authorities, senior enforcers, business representatives. academics, and the leading experts from the EU and US to discuss this set of issues. 

Joaquin Almunia, the EU Competition Commissioner opened the Colloquium and started the debate with John Fingleton, OFT's Chief Executive, Willard K Tom,at the US Federal Trade Commission and other senior authority heads and business figures.  Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive, gave a key note address. 

The Colloquium featured a number of other senior enforcers and leading experts including:  Per Hellstrom of DG Competition at the European Commission; Thibaud Vergé, Chief Economist at the French Competition Authority, 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, and Pamela Harbour, former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.

David Evans, UCL and University of Chicago

  • What are the business models behind the behaviour of the major players?
  • How does the increasingly pervasive presence of Internet-based options alter competition among businesses
  • Are problems emerging, is it too early to worry, and can we count on the competitive process?


Keynote address:
Joaquin Almunia, Competition Commissioner (European Commission)
Download Commissioner Almunia's Speech

A discussion on key business and regulatory issues
moderated by Sir Christopher Bellamy (Linklaters)

  • John Fingleton, Chief Executive (OFT),
  • Willard K Tom, General Counsel (Federal Trade Commission)

Mergers and Antitrust:
Chair: Antonio Bavasso, UCL and Allen & Overy
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Per Hellstrom (DG Comp) - Slides available soon
  • Thomas Graf (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP) - Slides available soon
  • Simon Baxter (Skadden Arp, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) - Download Slides
  • Thibaud Verge, Chief Economist (French Autorite de la Concurrence) - Download Slides

Topics covered:

  • What are the key issues in analyzing market definition and power?
  • What are the lessons from Internet-mergers to date?
  • What if any special issues are raised by Internet distribution?
  • How if at all does the fact that many Internet products are free affect antitrust analysis?
  • What is the role of two-sided market antitrust?
  • Can antitrust provide an effective oversights against risk of algorithm manipulation?
  • Can antitrust strike a balance in relation to behaviour of companies with different business models and incentives?

Lunch keynote:
With Ed Richards, Chief Executive (Ofcom)

Online targeting of advertising, use of data and consumer protection:
Chair: Willard K Tom, General Counsel (Federal Trade Commission)

Confirmed Speakers:

Topics covered:

A debate on the Intersections:
Chair: David Evans, UCL and University of Chicago

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jon Baker, Professor of Law (American University)
  • Andrea Coscelli, Director of Competition Economics (Ofcom)
  • Pamela Harbour, Partner (Fulbright & Jaworsky) - former Commissioner (FTC)
  • Jenine Hulsmann, Partner (Clifford Chance)

Topics covered:

  • Are regulations of media and communications firms outmoded as a result of the emergence of Internet-based competitors?
  • How should regulation and antitrust incentivize in new infrastructure
  • Investment in super-fast broadband (the interaction between market-led investment, SMP regulations that can facilitate infrastructure investment and public subsidies)
  • Investment in next generation mobile networks (role of Art. 101 (3) in reviewing network-sharing agreements between competitors and spectrum management policy)
  • How should antitrust policy be adjusted in light of regulation?
  • Can and should antitrust consider privacy and data issues?
The Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture

The Sir Hugh Laddie lecture was delivered by Mr Raimund Lutz, President of the German Federal Patent Court, Munich
on "From National Patent Litigation to a European Patent Court - A Dream, A Wish or Soon Reality?"
Chaired by Professor Jan Brinkhof

January 2010

Brand Protection and Competition Law

The aim of this event was 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.

Speakers included:

  • The Hon Mr Justice Arnold
  • Philip Collins (Chairman, OFT)
  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob
  • Deborah Majoras (Procter & Gamble)
  • Michael Miller (Amazon)
  • Jackie Holland (Director, OFT)
  • The Hon Mr Justice Roth
  • Dr Christopher Stothers (UCL & Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP) 

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October 2009 UCL Lunch Hour Seminar Series
Why the courts are as important as hospitals to the nation’s health

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE, QC

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About this lecture
Professor Genn will focus on the critical ways in which courts support society and the economy and on how they have directly improved standards of medicine practice and health care. She will also discuss new evidence about the link between access to justice and health and consider whether much of what turns up in doctors’ surgeries (including requests for anti-depressants) are in fact the results of an inability to access the courts.
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Company Law, Corporate Governance and the Banking Crisis

In this special afternoon seminar, scheduled to coincide with the culmination of the Walker Review’s second consultation period, experts from UCL Laws and special invited speakers will discuss the key corporate governance issues exposed by the banking crisis and advance proposals for future regulatory developments in this area.

Speakers include:
Professor Edward Walker-Arnott (Honorary Visiting Professor at UCL and former senior partner of Herbert Smith)
Dr Roger Barker (Head of Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors);
Cliff Weight (co-founder of the executive pay consultancy Independent Remuneration Solutions, now part of MM&K);,

Professor Philip Rawlings (Professor of the Law at UCL);
Dr Iris Chiu (Senior Lecturer in Laws at UCL);

Chaired by
Dr Marc Moore (Lecturer in laws at UCL).

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Listen to the Roger Barker's Paper

Listen to the Panel Discussion and Q&A

Listen to the Edward Walker Arnott's Paper

Listen to the Cliff Weight's Paper

Human Rights of Children

by Professor Michael Freeman, UCL

This lecture examined the case for children’s rights and discuss ways of improving the implementation of them including a discussion of the Equality Bill and a possible third protocol.

June 2009

To be or not to be: A decision for the individual or the State?

30 June 2009

The debate centred on legal, medical and ethical arguments surrounding the issue of assisted suicide in Britain and whether the current law should change to allow people to help terminally ill patients to travel to a country in which assisted suicide is lawful, without fear of being prosecuted.

The members of the panel were:

  • Dr Rob George, Care not Killing
  • Edward Turner, director of Dignity in Dying
  • Katherine Araniello, artist and disability rights campaigner
  • Sir Ken Macdonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrats
  • Saimo Chahal, Bindmans LLP (introduction)
  • Marcel Berlins (chair)

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June 2009

Shami chakrabartiANNUAL MISHCON LECTURE 2009
Common Values, Common Sense: The story of rights and freedoms in modern Britain

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Chaired by the Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond
29 June 2009

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March 2009

Better that a horse should have a voice in that House [of Lords], than that a judge should”
Jeremy Bentham).
Replacing the Law Lords by a Supreme Court
By Lord Pannick QC
with introduction by the chair, Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

January 2008

Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin
Valedictory Lecture:
Can we disagree about law and morals?
delivered on 21 January 2008

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Lord HOffmannIn this lecture, Lord Hoffmann, who recently retired as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord), reflects on the contribution made to European trade mark law by the late Sir Hugh Laddie. In surveying Sir Hugh's leading cases, including Wagamama, Davidoff I, Arsenal and Boehringer Ingelheim, Lord Hoffmann focuses on Sir Hugh's belief that the key function of a trade mark is to act as a badge of origin. Lord Hoffmann concludes with the prediction that European trade mark lawyers may yet come to adopt Sir Hugh's approach. Until his untimely death in November 2008, Professor Sir Hugh Laddie was the Professor of Intellectual Property at UCL.

The Rt Hon the Lord Hoffmann
Chaired by The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Presiding, Professor Malcolm Grant CBE
Introduction by Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC


This seminar explored the controversial issue of trade mark dilution from the perspective of the United States, the Benelux countries and the UK.

Protecting trade marks against dilution has always been controversial. Traditionally, trade mark protection has been tied to whether consumers are confused. This can be justified because it means that the infringement action serves to protect consumers. However, there is no need for confusion in the dilution action, meaning that the traditional rationale for trade mark protection does not work. This has led to fears that dilution creates ‘property’ in trade marks and only benefits the trade mark owner.

It has also been very difficult to prove dilution. Unlike confusion, dilution is based on subconscious processes, and so both courts and legislators have had difficulty in defining it, and devising a test for it, and some have been sceptical about whether it takes place at all. Although these issues are no longer new, this is nevertheless a timely seminar: the US has only recently completely replaced its dilution legislation and, at the end of last year, the European Court of Justice issued its first decision considering the meaning of the types of detriment and unfair advantage that European legislation requires (another is in the pipeline).

This seminar brings together leading speakers from the US, the UK and the Benelux (which has always claimed that European dilution law is based on the pre-harmonisation Benelux law) to consider issues including:

  • Should we protect trade marks against dilution?
    If so, which marks should benefit from dilution?
  • How can dilution be proved?
  • Is the present scope of dilution too wide?
  • What are the differences between the protection available in the US and Europe? Can we learn from each others’ experiences?

The seminar is allied to two of IBIL’s key research themes: (i) IP and European integration and (ii) comparative trade mark law.

The American Perspective
Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, Founding Director, McCarthy Institute of Intellectual Property, University of San Francisco, USA

The Benelux Perspective
Professor Charle Gielen, NautaDutilh, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The UK Perspective
Professor David Llewellyn, White & Case, and King's College London, UK

Chair: The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob, Court of Appeal, UK

Accreditation: 2 CPD hour by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

January 2009 Wednesday 21 January 2009

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On 28th November 2008, the European Commission announced its preliminary report focusing on patent practices in the pharmaceutical sector. The lauch of the controversial report was attended by, amongst others, the leading English Court of Appeal judge, Rt. Hon Lord Justice Jacob, whose speech can be viewed here.

Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Barling, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal.

The Innovation Process and Patenting
Paul Denerley, AstraZeneca

Regulatory Considerations
Ann Nielson, Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Generic Industry Perspective
Howard Rosenberg, Frommer, Lawrence and Haug LLP

Litigating and the Commission's Methodology
David Rosenberg, GSK

Competition Law Issues
John Kallaugher, UCL and Latham & Watkins LLP

This programme was developed in co-operation with the Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob.