The latest news on Centre activities, commentary, and debate.
Previously head of the University of Law’s Legal Services Institute, he will be attached to the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL’s Faculty of Laws. Professor Mayson will contribute to the centre’s engagement with the professions, policymakers and academics around ethics and professional regulation through its regular seminars and think tanks, as well as through papers and research. More...
Published: Feb 6, 2014 4:07:00 PM
Prof Richard Moorhead will be giving a keynote address at Managing Partners’ 7th Compliance for Law Firms Conference on 2-3 April in London. He will highlight work underway at UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Laws examining how lawyers cope with legal risk and professional ethics. What are the tensions between commercial awareness and professional ethics; are lawyers fit to provide a moralcompass; what difficulties are posed for lawyers as managers of legal risk? More...
Published: Jan 27, 2014 12:21:45 PM
Clifford Chance has come under scrutiny in a case about professional conduct. Professor Richard Moorhead, Centre for Ethics & Law Director, explores further in an article for Legal Week, looking at the roles of clients, witnesses and solicitors. More...
Published: Jan 17, 2014 12:30:15 PM
Centre Director, Richard Moorhead has discussed legal aid reform with The Economist. Government reforms are designed to promote efficiency and respond to the need for a reduced deficit. They will also almost certainly reduce quality. More...
Published: Jan 10, 2014 3:44:51 PM
A recent seminar hosted with the Legal Services Consumer Panel has identified threats as well as opportunities for ombudsmen in the light of the EU’s ADR directive. Whilst doubts remain about how Government will implement the directive, there should also be reason for optimism. Over time the ombudsman model has quickly grown and replaced the courts as the main vehicle for resolving disputes between consumers and businesses. It has proved to be a resilient, flexible and effective model that has gained the support of government, consumers and businesses and is well placed to meet the challenges ahead. More...
Published: Dec 12, 2013 2:59:34 PM
Debate & Analysis
The Centre is committed to raising issues for debate and analysis. We have an ongoing seminar and think tank series which raises interesting debate and discussion between academics, industry, students and civil servants.
Recent debate and analysis:
This workshop considered the role of Autonomous Systems by businesses, examining managerial responsibility and accountability for the use of such systems, and the ethical, social and legal consequences of the increasing use of this new technology.
The lecture offered critical reflections on the role of social media in social change and outline how the obligation of corporations in the information communications technology sector to avoid complicity in rights violations may evolve over time. Exploring the Internet's potential to further democratic discourse and inclusion or foster discrimination and exclusion considering whether the Internet industry has an obligation to protect against hate propaganda. The lecture considered discourse in the digital era--from political dissent to social discrimination, present escalating citizen-consumer expectations as a potential origin of obligation in the internet communications technology sector in the absence of binding law imposing particular obligations. In particular, it explored the interplay of interest convergence between the industry and its consumers in unfree societies with illiberal laws pertaining to freedom of expression and access to information to outline appropriate standards aligned with international human rights standards. The lecture also assessed the efficacy of multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Global Network Initiative.
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