Skip to site navigation

Forthcoming Events

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, starting on the 2nd of October. These are public events: all students and the general public are welcome to attend. The seminars are followed by drinks reception until 9pm.

2014/15 Policy and Practice Seminar Series

More information
Second Term Events
Omand web
15 January '15  Sir David Omand & Ewen MacAskill  'Edward Snowden: Surveillance vs Privacy?'  
Energy web
22 January '15  Willy Rickett / Prof Paul Ruyssevelt / Prof Neil Strachan 'Can UK Government Meet the Challenge of Energy Policy?'  
Gieve web
29 January '15 Sir John Gieve / Will Hutton / Vidhya Alakeson  'How Should we Respond to Rising Inequality?'   
Brewer web
5 February '15  Dame Nicola Brewer  'Being an Ambassador: 4 Years in South Africa'   
Michael Jacobs 15
12 February '15 Michael Jacobs 'The Path to Paris: will there be a global climate agreement in 2015?'   
26 February '15
Elisabeth Wood 
'Sexual Violence during War' 
Register for this event
  5 March '15 TBC    
ODonnell web
12 March '15
Gus O'DonnellDavid Cowling
'Forecasting the 2015 Election - Preparing for Another Hung Parliament' 
Register for this event
clarke web
19 March '15
Charles Clarke
'The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can't Crack' 
Register for this event
  26 March '15 TBC    
First Term Past Events
2 October '14

Dr Michael Shackleton (University of Maastricht)

Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey)

Paola Buonadonna (Media Director - British Influence)

'EU 2014-2019: New Faces - Old Problems?'

Watch the video here.

grant POLICY
9 October '14
Sir Malcolm Grant (Chairman of NHS England)

'Liberating the NHS: the creation of NHS England'

Watch the video here.

Russell PnP
16 October '14
Professor Meg Russell (UCL)
Professor Tony Wright (UCL)
'After the Scottish Referendum: what about England?' - Tony Wright and Meg Russell in conversation.
Alan Moses
23  October '14

Sir Alan Moses (Chairman of IPSO) 

Dr Martin Moore (Director of Media Standards Trust)

'Can Press Regulation by the Independent Press Standards Organisation succeed?'
Popovic PnP
30 October '14
Srdja Popovic (Executive Director - CANVAS)  'Non-violent movements from Arab Street to Wall Street - how popular movements are shaking the world'
6 November '14  David Aaronovitch (Author, Journalist) / Donatella Della Porta (Professor of Sociology)  'The Blurred Lines of Democracy: Protest and Disobedience in Civil Societies'  
Stoker PnP
13 November '14
Professor Gerry Stoker  
'Explaining political disenchantment in contemporary democracies'  
20 November '14
George Marshall 
'Don't Even Think About It: Are our Brains Wired to Ignore Climate Change?' 
keith POLICY
27 November '14
Judge Kenneth Keith (International Court of Justice) 'Challenges facing the International Court of Justice: The reflections of a Judge as he leaves office' 
hazell POLICY
4 December '14

Bernand Quoroll (Former UK Returning Officer and Elections Observer)

Colin Munro CMG (Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the OSCE 2003-2007) 

'Helping citizens to save themselves: why election observation matters'
Date & Time
Speaker Title More information
Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 6:00pm Rosie Campbell, Justin Fisher, Matt Goodwin, Ben Lauderdale, Joe Twyman A Roundtable on 2015: The Campaign & General Election in Review Register for this event
Friday, 5 June 2015, 9:30am to 5:00pm Conference
Devolution and the Future of the Union Conference Register for this event
Monday, 8 June 2015, 6:00pm Robert Hazell & Fraser Nelson (The Spectator) The New Government’s Constitutional Reform Programme
Register for this event
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 6:00pm Martin Howe QC Repealing the Human Rights Act: what will replace it? 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.

More information about Legal and Political Theory at UCL here. 

2014/15 Legal and Political Theory Seminar Series
More information
brownlee LPT Wednesday, 8th October '14
Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick) 'The competent judge problem'
freyenhagen LPT Wednesday, 22nd October '14
Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex) 'The ideal-theoretical framework rests on a mistake'
Howard LPT Hor Wednesday, 29th October '14
Jeff Howard (Essex) 'Kidnapped: The ethics of paying ransom'
chambers LPT 12th November '14
Clare Chambers (Cambridge) 'The limitations of contract: Regulating relationships in the marriage-free state'
  Wednesday, 3rd December '14 Leif Wenar (KCL) 'Unity Theory'  
Beerbohm pic Wednesday, 10th December '14
Eric Beerbohm (Harvard) 'The Common Good: A Buckpassing Account'

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.

More information
Sullivan RAPT 24 September '14
Professor Winnifred Sullivan
'Spiritual Governance: The Chaplain as Priest of the Secular'
Caplan RAPT 30 October '14
Professor Ben Kaplan (UCL)
'Religious Divisions after the Reformation: A Spur to Secularization?'
Malik RAPT 4 December '14
Professor Maleiha Malik (Kings College)
'Equality and Discrimination Law: What has Religious Conscience got to do with it?'
beckford RAPT
3 February '15
Professor James Beckford (Warwick)
'The sociology of religion and its cultured despisers: a modest defence' Register for this event
Modood RAPT
3 March '15
Professor Tariq Modood (Bristol)
'Multiculturalising Secularism, Multiculturalising State-Religion Connections'
Register for this event
woodhead RAPT
23 March '15
Professor Lindas Woodhead (Lancaster)
'Moral Majority and Moral Minority: The values and beliefs of religious and non-religious people in the UK today'  
Register for this event
    To be confirmed To be confirmed  
  Date Speaker
More information
Cam Simpson 28 April 2015
Mr Cam Simpson, Bloomberg Business week magazine and Bloomberg News What one writer uncovered in the global production of smart phones, tablets and personal computers Register for this event
Robert Keohane 11 May 2015
Prof Robert Kehoane, Princeton University
Contested Multilateralism Register for this event
Allen Buchanan 19 May 2015
Prof Allen Buchanan, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina Revolution, Democracy, and Self-Determination Register for this event
Joost Pauwelyn 02 June 2015
Prof Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva The Stagnation of International Law Register for this event
Alison Brysk 03 June 2015
Prof Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara Speaking Rights to Power
Register for this event

Sign up for Events & see past Events 


SPP on Twitter

Also see

Related seminars

Subscribe to us

Subscribe to School of Public Policy news and events.


Please fill in the information below; (*) are required fields.

Email (*)

Contact us

School of Public Policy,
The Rubin Building,
29/31 Tavistock Square,
London, WC1H 9QU.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4999,
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 4978,

Postgraduate enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4982/4950

Register with us

Register at UCL

Connect with us


Page last modified on 10 sep 14 11:10

Footer menu