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Distinguished external speakers that form a unique part of our teaching programme

The SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series includes presentations of scholarly research and talks by high-profile policy makers, practitioners and academics.  They take place on Thursdays between 5.30pm and 7pm during term time in Anatomy G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre. These are public events: all students and the general public are welcome to attend. The seminars are followed by drinks reception until 9pm in UCL Cloisters.

2015/16 Policy and Practice Seminar Series

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8 October '15 Martin Bailey - Peter Luff - Christopher Bickerton - Christine Reh   'The EU Referendum: Campaigning in London and Brussels'   
15 October '15   Steve Richards - Rosie Campbell - Tim Bale - Meg Russell  'Leadership, Loyalty and the Rise of Jeremy Corbyn'  Watch the video from the event 
22 October '15  Michael Arthur - Joe Twyman - Teresa Williams - Helena Bengtsson - Daniel Hulme - Evie Ploumpidi - Giulio Quaggiotto - Penny Young

Q-Step Launch Event: 

'The Coolest Job in the 21st Century? Careers in Data Analysis'

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29 October '15  Daniel Drezner - Sir John Gieve -Jonathan Monten  'Global Economic Governance: Is the System still working?'  Watch the video from the event
5 November '15  Jesse Scott - Harry Bauer (Chair) 'The UN Climate Conference in 2015: what is it trying to do and can it succeed?'  
19 November '15 Kristin Bakke - Nils Metternich - Julian Wucherpfennig 'War, Peace and Institutions: When do political institutions prevent, rather than promote, civil wars?'  
26 November '15  Baroness Sarah Ludford - David Goodhart - Sarah Fine - Alex Betts - Avia Pasternak  'Dealing with the Refugee Crisis: Europe and Britain'  
3 December '15  Scilla Elworthy 'How millennials - that's you - are changing the way corporations think about values, and making them act'  Watch the video from the event
10 December '15  Mary Honeyball MEP 'MEP Mary Honeyball talks about the EU Referendum'  
21 January '16  Michael Jacobs  'We will always have Paris: how COP21 produced a new international agreement on climate change - and why it might just work'   
28 January '16  Peter Trubowitz  'The 2016 US Presidential Election: What to Expect'  
4 February '16  Albert Weale  'Is the Condition of NHS Terminal?'   
11 February '16  Richard Corbett MEP - Nereo Garcia - Charles Grant  'The Making of a European President and what needs to change for 2019'   
25 February '16 Swen Steinmo 'Is it Culture, or is Institutions? Why some people pay their taxes and other people don't?'  
3 March '16  Peter Murphy 'Is the International Criminal Court doomed to fail? Lessons from the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia' 
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10 March '16  Aram Barra  'Legalising Cannabis: Next Step in Global Drug Policy Reform'
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Date & Time Title Speaker Venue
21 April 2016, 6pm Brexit: Its Consequences for Whitehall & Westminster

Sir Simon Fraser, former Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Professor Hussein Kassim, UEA, co-author of The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century

Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT, Gower Street
5 May 2016, 6pm Brexit: Its Consequences for the EU’s Political System Professor Simon Hix, Professor of Political Science, LSE Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT, Gower Street
19 May 2016, 6pm Brexit: Its Consequences for Devolution & the Union

Jim Gallagher, former Director General, Devolution Strategy, Cabinet Office; Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow; Associate Member, Nuffield College, Oxford

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Professor of Politics, University of Ulster

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, QMUL, author of Constitutional Law of the European Union

Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT, Gower Street
2 June 2016, 6pm Brexit: Its Consequences for Other Member States

Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiesEuropean University Institute (EUI), Florence, and author of Ireland and the European Union

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform and former Senior Research Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs

Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT, Gower Street
16 June 2016, 6pm The UCL EU Referendum Debate: To Remain or To Leave? Speaker details will be announced in due course. Logan Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way

Global Governance Institute

The Global Governance Institute has a varied program of seminars and keynote lectures.

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19 January 2016
Prof Halvard Buhaug
Climate Wars? A Comment.
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02 February 2016
Prof Saskia Sassen
Who has the power to make borders in today's world?
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 08 February
Daniel Franklin
 The World in 2016
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 09 February 2016
Prof Monica Serrano
Norms in conflict. The international drug control regime and human rights.
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 29 February 2016
Prof Leif Wenar
Blood Oil! - Professor Leif Wenar groundbreaking new book Register for this event
 22 March 2016
Michele Stua
Towards a global low-carbon transition. Challenges and opportunities concerning the Article 6 of the Paris Agreement Register for this event
 03 May 2016
Natalie Samarasinghe
The United Nations - has our global experiment worked? Register for this event
 05 May 2016
Prof Aseem Prakash
The Civil Society Project: What Went Wrong? Register for this event
10 May 2016
Lord Mervyn King
The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy? - a book by Mervyn King Register for this event
09 June 2016
Prof Jack Donnelly
The Governance Structure of 21st-Century International Society Register for this event
 24 June 2016
John Knox
Climate change – the greatest threat to human rights in the 21st century Register for this event

All the Political Theory Seminars are from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm and will be held in the Council Room, School of Public Policy, UCL, 29 Tavistock Square, London WC1.

MA in Legal and Political Theory students will be issued with the seminar paper as soon as it is available (usually around a week before the seminar). Papers may also be downloaded from the PAL page on Moodle and from the SPP website below. Please note, as part of the Legal and Political Theory Programme, MA students are given exclusive rights to the first hour to ask the presenter questions and pose objections. In the second hour, we welcome discussion from everyone. 

More information about Legal and Political Theory at UCL here. 

2014/15 Legal and Political Theory Seminar Series
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14 October '15  Paul Bou-Habib (Essex)  Historical Responsibility for Climate Change Download the paper
21 October '15   Jeff McMahan (Oxford)  Proportionality and Necessity in Jus in Bello Download the paper
4 November '15   Catriona McKinnon (Reading) Risking Extinction: An International Crime? Download the paper
18 November '15   Simon Hope (Stirling) Idealisation, Justice, and Practical Reason Download the paper
25 November '15

 Katrina Forrester (Queen Mary)  


Ethics and the State: John Rawls before A Theory of Justice 


9 December '15   Miriam Ronzoni (Manchester)  The European Union as a Demoi-cracy: Really a Third Way?  Download the paper
13 January '16   Juliana Bidadanure (Stanford)  Treating Young People as Equals  Download the paper
27 January '16  Thom Brooks (Durham)  Punitive Restoration  Download the paper
10 February '16  Adam Slavny (Warwick) and Tom Parr (Essex)  Rescuing Basic Equality Download the paper
24 February '16  Ashwini Vasanthakumar (York) Epistemic Privilege and Victim's Duties to Resist their Oppression  Download the paper

21 March '16 


Catherine Lu (McGill) 

Reconciliation and Alienation 

Please note that this event will be taking place at South Quad PopUp Learning Hub 101. 

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25 May '16  Helene Landemore (Yale)  Representation and the Myth of Direct Democracy'  Download the paper

This lecture series showcases the work of prominent international scholars in the study of religion and political theory. It is organised by UCL’s Religion and Political Theory (RAPT) Centre. It is open to all.

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24 November '15  Lawrence Sager  'Why Churches (And, Possibly, The Tarpon Bay Women’s Deep Water Fishing Club) Can Discriminate'  
10 December '15  Cecile Laborde  'Is Liberalism Secular?'  
28 January '16  Click register for more information 'Religion and Public Justification Workshop'   
28 January '16 Daniel Statman  'Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere'   
24 February '16  Click register for more information  'Round-table on Religious Discrimination'   
11 April '16 Click register for more information Workshop on Alan Patten's book, 'Equal Recognition' 
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12 May '16 Professor Julian Rivers   
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09 June '16 Click register for more information  Workshop on Cecile Laborde's manuscript, 'Liberalism's Religion'
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