Previous CEL Events

The Changing Legal Services Marketplace: A View From Across the Pond

Publication date:

Start: Oct 11, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Oct 11, 2016 7:30:00 PM


Speaker: Mark Cohen (Georgetown University Law Centre)

A New Milestone in Corporate Regulation

Publication date:

Start: Sep 30, 2016 1:00:00 PM
End: Sep 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

This talk will focus on Procedural Legalisation, Standards of Transnational Corporate Behaviour and Lessons from Financial Regulation and Anti-Bribery Regulation.

Change in Financial Sector Conduct?

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Start: Sep 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 PM

This event will explore ‘Critical Discussions and Proposal on Law, Regulation and Enforcement’


Mapping the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers

Publication date:

Start: Jun 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM


Paul Gilbert (LBC Wise Counsel)
- will introduce the Ethical Leadership Initiative

Professor Richard Moorhead (UCL Laws and Centre for Ethics & Law)
- will outline the research findings

Chair: Professor Stephen Mayson (Centre for Ethics & Law)
- will Chair a discussion with participants from the floor

40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Publication date:

Start: Apr 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp (Chair of the OECD Working party on Responsible Business Conduct)

Dr Maddalena Neglia (University College London)

About the talk:
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the ‘OECD Guidelines’) are the most comprehensive international standards for corporate responsibility. They cover all major areas of business ethics, from environmental matters to corporate responsibility for the protection of human rights and labour relations. A unique feature of the OECD Guidelines is that they are accompanied by a legally binding obligation for governments to set up National Contact Points (‘NCPs’), which promote the OECD Guidelines and handle complaints about organisations operating within that jurisdiction. The Centre for Ethics and Law is delighted to mark the 40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines by welcoming Professor Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, to discuss the development and impact of the Guidelines since their introduction in 1976 and to examine the recent political momentum to strengthen the NCP system.

About the speaker:
Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen. In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 he was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From September 2006 until May 2013, he was managing director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. His responsibilities concerned trade policy (WTO), investment treaties, corporate responsibility, and the regulation of weapons and strategic goods. Next to his job he wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. From 2010 to 2014 he was part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He still teaches at several universities.

Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the sensitive negotiations on the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He chaired the Voluntary Principles for Security & Human Rights in the Extractives Industries in 2009 and 2013.

Since June 2013 Roel has been Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct. A unique Intergovernmental Working Group focused on Corporate Responsibility, based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. He provides leadership to the unique complaints mechanism of the OECD Guidelines, the National Contact Point system. Besides, as Chair he leads the body of governments overseeing the corporate responsibility work of the OECD, including sectoral programs for the financial, mining, garment, and agricultural sectors.


Workshop on Business and Human Rights

Publication date:

Start: Apr 19, 2016 6:00:00 PM


  • Anna Triponel (Business and Human Rights Advisor)
  • Dr. Hans Christoph Hirt (Executive Director. Co-Head of Hermes EOS Engagement Hermes Equity Ownership Services Ltd)
  • Robin Brooks (Partner Norton Rose Fulbright)

Experts, Crowds & Algorithms: The Three Forms of (Legal) Prediction

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Start: Mar 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Speaker: Professor Daniel Martin Katz (Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College Law)
Discussant: Matt Whalley

Micro States in a Time of Change

Publication date:

Start: Mar 23, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Chair: Dr Iris H-Y Chiu (UCL Faculty of Laws)

Workshop on Behavioural Public Policy: Theory and Practice

Publication date:

Start: Nov 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Monday 9 November 2015, 10:00 - 18:00


Professor Richard Moorhead, University College London

Law and Distributive Struggle in Global Political Economy

Publication date:

Start: Nov 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Prof David Kennedy

Thursday 12 November 2015, 18:00 - 19:30

Speaker: Professor David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

Compliance Rot in the Financial Services Industry

Publication date:

Start: Oct 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Erik F Gerding book cover

Friday 16 October 2015, 13:00-14:00 (followed by reception)

UCL Pavilion (Main Quad), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Do COLPs Replace or Replenish the Solicitors' Professionalism?

Publication date:

Start: Mar 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Seminar format discussion aimed at regulators, academics and practitioners.

Speakers: Professor Joan Loughrey (University of Leeds) and Sundeep Aulakh (Leeds University Business School)

Jonathan Kembery (Global Risk & Compliance Director, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)


This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA and BSB

Do Institutional Clients Threaten Lawyer Independence?

Publication date:

Start: Jan 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 at 6pm

Seminar format discussion aimed at regulators, academics and practitioners.

Prescriptive and judgement-based regulation of financial services: Are they compatible?

Publication date:

Start: Mar 10, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Financial Regulation

The financial crisis has ushered in not only more regulation but a regulatory approach that is more surveillance-based, judgment dependent and pre-emptive in nature. This is set against a background of increased distrust of financial institutions by the public, media and regulators. 

How independent lawyer monitors and investigators contribute to corporate ethics

Publication date:

Start: Mar 25, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2015 8:00:00 PM


Speaker: Lord Gold, David Gold & Associates

On the Historicity of Financial Crime

Publication date:

Start: Feb 10, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Historicity of Financial Crime

The Origins of Modern Financial Crime: Historical foundations and current problems in Britain (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014) provides a multidisciplinary analysis of ‘the problem’ of financial crime in the ‘commercial sphere’ in Britain. 

CEL Annual Lecture - Embedding Global Markets: Lessons from Business and Human Rights

Publication date:

Start: Feb 25, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 25, 2015 8:00:00 PM

John G Ruggie

The lesson starts with a powerful, consensus-based normative framework based on consultation with all key stakeholders, which shows what businesses and states should do, and which is made operational through guiding principles that provide a blueprint for how to do it. 

Moral Judgments: Insights from Psychology, Computer Science, and Neuroscience

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Start: Oct 22, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 22, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Moral Judgments

Originally, moral judgments were mostly discussed in philosophy where researchers would investigate the notions on which laws should ultimately be based. However, more recently an increasing amount of empirical research has been conducted with mainly two aims: a) to provide insights into the psychological mechanisms of how humans form moral judgments, and b) to provide advice and discuss the normative implications for moral theory and, ultimately, law.

International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services

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Start: Jun 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM
End: Jun 20, 2014 5:30:00 PM

International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services

UCL Centre for Empirical Legal Studies, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, and the UCL Centre for Access to Justice is hosting the first biennial International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services.

CEL Annual Lecture - The Place of 'Institutions' in the Idea of 'Corruption'

Publication date:

Start: Mar 14, 2014 6:00:00 PM

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.

Lunch Hour Lecture: Should We Trust Lawyers?

Publication date:

Start: Feb 4, 2014 1:15:00 PM
End: Feb 4, 2014 1:55:00 PM

Lady Justice

Public trust in lawyers is on the decline. Some of this is inevitable: Hackgate, the financial scandal and Hillsborough have all involved lawyers at pivotal moments. But are lawyers just doing their jobs in these cases or crossing ethical boundaries? An analysis of professional rules, lawyer psychology and economics suggest lawyers need to do some work to rebuild trust and behave more professionally.

Book Launch: The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation - Governance for Responsibility

Publication date:

Start: Feb 25, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 25, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Dr Iris Hse-Yu Chiu

In view of the publication of ‘The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation- Governance For Responsibility’ by Professor Mads Andenas, University of Oslo and Dr Iris H-Y Chiu, University College London in early 2014, this book launch is intended to introduce the key concepts and arguments in the book.

UCL Inaugural Lecture: Precarious Professionalism - Some evidence on Market, State and Lawyer Utopias

Publication date:

Start: Mar 6, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Professor Richard Moorhead

Since the era of Margaret Thatcher, and her much admired Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the legal profession has found itself under increasing scrutiny and pressure. Legal Aid and legal market reform began then but has been significantly accelerated by the creation of the Legal Services Board. Professional power has decreased and the influence of the market increased. State – or rather politician - hostility to lawyers and fiscal retrenchment has led to a reduction in legal aid and concerted attempts to weaken lawyer and court roles in the resolution of disputes. Globalisation and the growth of large law firms has increased the extent to which law is seen as a business rather than a profession. Market reform and the recession have shed a harsher light on the economics and ethics of large law firms.

Banning Referral Fees - One Year On: Is the Personal Injury Field Now More Ethical?

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Start: Apr 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Banning Referral Fees - One Year On: Is the Personal Injury Field Now More Ethical?

The banning of referral fees was one of the less controversial elements of the Jackson proposal but it nevertheless split the professions and their regulators.  Some defended them as essential or sensible elements of business; cheaper and more effective than other forms of marketing. Insurers were criticized for deriding the claimant personal injury market whilst generating income streams from referral fees themselves. The Bar, in particular, compared referral fees to bribes. The professional regulators varied in the extent to which they welcomed or tolerated the referral fee ban. Doubts about enforceability have routinely been expressed.

Debate with Lexis-Nexis - Legal Innovation: How should the Educators respond?

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Start: Oct 29, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 29, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Lexis Nexis Debate - Legal Innovation: How Should the Educators Respond?

With Phase 2 of the Legal Education and Training review upon us, we bring together leading innovators in legal services with two leading legal educators to discuss how the changing nature of legal services impacts on legal education.  Legal innovators are rethinking how legal services should be provided and who they should be provided by.  Disaggregation of legal services; greater specialisation; and, the emergence of new roles in legal services design, project management, and analytics pose challenges for practitioners and educators.  What will those challenges be?  How do the panel see education providers responding? How will we ensure students are adequately prepared for this new world of legal practice? What knowledge and skills will they need?  Should (and how should) learning on ethics contribute?

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