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Study on the Ethical Identity of Law Students

Study finds reduced ethical inclinations on part of law students. Richard Moorhead who has led a study on the ethical identities of law students finds that (a) an unhealthy minority of law students would falsify time sheets for a bonus; (b) female students have healthier ethical identities than male students and (c) business oriented law students have weaker ethical identities. Read all about it here.
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Published: Nov 2, 2016 1:06:55 PM

CEL Makes Submission to Parliament Committee

The Centre for Ethics & Law made a submission to the Parliament Committee Inquiry into Corporate Governance on 25 Oct 2016. More...

Published: Nov 2, 2016 1:02:10 PM

Research on the ethical knowledge and skills acquired by new advocates from the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law published this week by The Inns of Court College of Advocacy


New research, prepared by the Centre for Ethics and Law (CEL) and carried out by members of both the CEL and UCL Laws, for the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (formerly The Advocacy Training Council), has been released with the aim of informing, through independent research and evidence, the development of ethics training by professional bodies and specialist practitioner groups.

Through a survey of 349 advocates, including barristers, solicitors and Chartered Legal Executive Advocates, and 77 interviews, the research, carried out by Professor Richard Moorhead, Catrina Denvir, Nigel Balmer of UCL Laws and Mark Sefton, an independent consultant,  garnered views on ethical training and interviews assessed how new advocates would respond to a set of ethical problems. In this way we were able to test the ethical capacities of new advocates with realistic problems assessed by experts from practice. The survey also considered advocates’ values and their influence on ethical decision making.

Professor Richard Moorhead said:

“Testing professional competence and ethicality and learning from those findings is an important part of professional development. In my view, this research emphasises the need for professional training and mentoring in ethics to be strengthened beyond the professional courses and training on entry.”

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Published: Oct 4, 2016 2:55:25 PM

Mapping the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers

Professor Richard Moorhead, Professor of Law and Professional Ethics, launched the Mapping the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers report in the US, at a seminar organised by Ethical Systems at NYU, New York City.  It was attended by a range of legal and business ethics policy makers, practitioners from private practice, in-house and government legal services and academics from the US, UK and Australia.  Ethical Systems is a non-profit organization housed in NYU Stern's Business and Society Program with a mission to bridge research by leaders in academia and the corporate world. The event was sponsored by The NY State Bar Association Int’l and Corporate Counsel Sections and Hinshaw Culbertson. More...

Published: Jul 20, 2016 8:53:05 AM

Dr. Maddalena Neglia invited to participate at the Dutch Social and Economic Council on the European Regulatory Framework on Business and Human Rights

In June 2016 Dr. Maddalena Neglia, the business and human rights expert based at CEL, was invited to present on behalf of CEL at the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) her research on European regulation on Business and Human Rights. More...

Published: Jul 12, 2016 10:19:55 AM

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