The UCL Centre for Ethics and Law was established in 2009 as a platform promoting and enhancing collaboration between corporates, practitioners, civil servants and academics.
The work of the centre is focused on two broad themes: professional ethics and the ethics of risk. These two themes are considered from a multi-disciplinary and practice-oriented perspective, reflecting the principle that while moral and legal theory can help identify ethical issues, the stakeholders actively involved in public life can in turn clarify and redefine those same issues.
The Centre receives vast support from both funding corporate sponsors as well as a wider supporter base, all of which have practical or academic experience and expertise.
The key objectives of the Centre are:
- providing a focal point for intellectual leadership and the exchange of ideas between academics, corporates, practitioners, civil servants and others through a conference, seminar and lecture programme;
- establishing a dedicated teaching profile aimed at equipping future professionals and business leaders with an understanding of ethical responsibilities beyond mere legal compliance;
- encouraging ethical reflection and awareness on the part of international corporate citizens, given current national and international focus on ethics in business activity;
- providing opportunities for the analysis of real life ethical dilemmas confronting businesses within an academic environment, and the incorporation of these insights into high-level industry decision making on ethical and compliance issues;
- enabling the dissemination of pioneering academic research on ethics in industry and professional actors, and the inculcation of external perspectives and experience into research and teaching activities;
- providing dedicated funding for the advancement of innovative ethics-based research projects at graduate and postdoctoral level.
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