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Mapping the Moral Compass Report

Press Release in respect of the publication of a report as part of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law Ethical Leadership for In-House Lawyers Initiative.
The report entitled “Mapping the Moral Compass”. View the Executive Summary of the report. More...

Published: Jun 6, 2016 1:01:53 PM

Statement of Support for the London Anti-Corruption Summit

The UCL Centre for Ethics and Law (‘CEL’) is delighted to endorse and release the following statement in support of the London Anti-corruption Summit by leading professional services organisations, reflecting their commitment to tackling corruption in the global economy. 

The CEL shares this commitment and is releasing the statement as part of its work on the relationships between ethics and the professions, law and business. In addition to leading research in the international and interrelated fields of Business, Regulation and Ethics, CEL is committed to furthering global understanding and awareness of anti-corruption responsibilities, corporate governance and compliance. The CEL looks forward to working with these professional services organisations in their ongoing efforts.

Professor Richard Moorhead, Director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, said: “Corruption is a global problem that Society rightly demands is tackled much more effectively. We are encouraged by the initiative signalled by the signatories to this statement and Government commitment to this area. That such an initiative envisages working across professional boundaries and jurisdictions is particularly important.”

For more information or interview requests please contact Ruth Howells in UCL Media Relations on mob: +44 (0)7990 675 947, email:


Published: May 11, 2016 8:59:41 AM


CEL Commemorates 40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Centre for Ethics and Law commemorated the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises with a highly engaging discussion by Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD working party on responsible business conduct.  The seminar was the second of two business and human rights events hosted by the CEL, the first being the workshop on Business and Human Rights Reporting held on 19 April. More...

Published: May 10, 2016 2:32:53 PM

Workshop Business and Human Rights Panel

Workshop on Business and Human Rights

On 19 April, the Centre for Ethics and Law hosted a workshop on current topics in business and human rights, featuring a distinguished panel representing the investor, practitioner and business advisory perspectives. The workshop was a free event attended by around 100 participants from academia, practice, industry and the legal and other professions.

Anna Triponel, Business Advisor, Triponel Consulting Ltd and formerly of SHIFT, discussed the development of standardised reporting frameworks for companies in business and human rights, and how such reporting frameworks can be used for good in changing corporate behaviour. However, critical challenges to the effectiveness of these frameworks were also highlighted.

Hans-Christoph Hirt, Co-Head of HERMES EOS, a leading institutional investor, firmly endorsed the importance of business and human rights disclosures and practices in listed companies and investors’ increasing interest in this area.

Robin Brooks, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, highlighted the limitations in current legal frameworks in company and securities regulation in encouraging a changed mindset in corporations engaged with business and human rights issues.  He also explored the promises and challenges in developing robust due diligence frameworks for companies to evaluate their business and human rights impact.

A lively Q & A and drinks reception followed this event. The Centre is proud to bring together a meaningful conversation across many sectors in this very topical issue and will continue to develop research and visibility in key areas of corporate behaviour, regulation and governance.

Published: Apr 22, 2016 11:16:59 AM

Automation - the end of low-qualified lawyers?

Professor Richard Moorhead writes guest post in Legal Business on the effect that automation may have on low qualified lawyers. More...

Published: Apr 5, 2016 10:52:51 AM

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