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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?' 
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11 February '16  Richard Corbett MEP - Nereo Garcia - Charles Grant  'The Making of a European President and what needs to change for 2019' 
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25 February '16 Swen Steinmo TBC  
3 March '16  JP Macintosh  TBC  
10 March '16  Aram Barra  TBC  

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25 January 2016, 6pm Individual electoral registration: the inside story

Gareth Baynham-Hughes, Electoral Registration Team, Cabinet Office (tbc)
Frances Biggs, Head of Electoral Registration Southwark 
Mark O’Neill, Government Digital Service 

Andrew Scallan, Director of Electoral Administration, Electoral Commission 

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq
10 February 2016, 1pm Citizens’ Assemblies and Democracy in the UK: Lessons from Two Successful Pilots Dr Alan Renwick, The Constitution Unit 
Katie Ghose, Electoral Reform Society 
Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq 
7 March 2016, 6pm The Human Rights Act 1998: Past, Present and Future Professor Colm O'Cinneide, UCL Laws
Dr Jeff King, UCL Laws
Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq  

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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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 


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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) To be announced   
9 March '16  Catherine Lu (McGill)  Reconciliation and Alienation   

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'
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10 December '15  Cecile Laborde  'Is Liberalism Secular?'
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28 January '16  Click register for more information 'Religion and Public Justification Workshop' 
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28 January '16 Daniel Statman  'Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere' 
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24 February '16  Click register for more information  'Round-table on Religious Discrimination' 
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