Launch Event - Risk & Regulation: Regulation and the social meaning of risk
21 October 2009
The Centre for Ethics & Law was launched on 21 October 2009. The inaugural lecture -"RISK & REGULATION" was given by Professor Jonathan Wolff and chaired by Lord Neuberger of Abbostbury, the Master of the Rolls.
About this event:
We now live in a ‘risk society', pre-occupied with hazards to life and heath. Risk is both negative and positive: risk is both danger and innovation. What is the appropriate balance? Under what circumstances is it acceptable for individuals to be exposed to risks to which they have not consented? How do we encourage socially beneficially risk-taking while avoiding recklessness? How do we frame regulation in order to reduce danger, but support innovation? Appropriate regulation will need to be sensitive to three parties to risk: the beneficiaries of the risky activity; those upon whom the risk is imposed; and those who determine whether the risky action takes place. Regulation will also reflect the fact that often individuals are happy to live with a particular level of risk in their lives, and so will change their behaviour in unexpected ways in response to a changing risk environment. Watch a video of this event below. Alternatively, a download is available on iTunes U.
- Opening Welcome (Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President & Provost)
- About the Centre (Dr. Sylvie Delacroix, Centre for Ethics & Law Director)
- Introduction to Risk & Regulation (Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls)
- Keynote speech (Professor Jonathan Wolff)
- Final thoughts (Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls)
- Closing thanks (Dame Hazel Genn, Dean of the Faculty of Laws)
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