UCL Faculty of Laws


Alumni event | Law and the Class Ceiling

17 May 2022, 6:15 pm–10:00 pm

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2022 UCL Bentham Association Presidential Address & Dinner

Event Information

Open to

UCL alumni


Lisa Penfold


UCL Gustave Tuck theatre
Wilkins building
Gower street

This event has been rescheduled from 22 March due to industrial action and will now take place on 17 May 2022.

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws is delighted to announce that the 2022 UCL Bentham Association President is

Karon Monaghan QC
Barrister, Matrix Chambers

The Bentham Association Presidential Address, on Law and the Class Ceiling, will be followed by dinner.

on Tuesday 17 May 2022

About the talk

The 100 - year anniversary of the Sex Disqualification Act 1919 last year has been both a cause for celebration and a time for reflection.   The underrepresentation of women in the senior ranks of the legal profession and in the judiciary in particular, has been the subject of much scholarly interest and of concern to many, practitioners included.  However, much less well explored is the significance of social class. In this lecture, Karon will address the question whether social class matters to the law at all and if so, how and why. In so doing, she will consider a number of Supreme Court cases most directly affecting the poor.

About the 2020 Bentham Association President

Karon is a Barrister at Matrix Chambers practising principally in the fields of equality and human rights law, spanning areas such as public law, employment law and civil actions for and against public authorities.  She has an extensive advisory practice. She has also appeared in numerous cases at appellate level, including in the UK Supreme Court and she has appeared on references under Art 267, TFEU in the CJEU and in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.

Karon is an A Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Preferred Counsel. She is a member of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

She is an honorary visiting professor in the UCL Faculty of Laws.

Karon’s publications include: Monaghan on Equality Law (OUP 2013); The UK Supreme Court Yearbook 2017-8 (Appellate Press 2019) (chapter); The UK Supreme Court Yearbook 2016-7 (Appellate Press 2018) (chapter); ed. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (Hart 2010) (chapter); Clayton & Tomlinson, The Law of Human Rights (OUP 2009) (co-authored chapter); Blackstone’s Guide to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (OUP 2005); Discrimination Law Handbook (LAG 2002) (co-author); Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment: A UK Perspective (2014) Journal of Law and Policy 673; The Equality Bill: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing or Something More? [2009] EHRLR 512; Constitutionalizing Equality: New Horizons [2008] EHRLR 20.

Karon is also co-editor of the UK Labour Law blog.  

Karon was awarded Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 2010. Karon was named Employment Silk of the Year at both the 2017 Chambers & Partners Bar Awards and the 2017 Legal 500 Awards and she was featured in the Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list for 2018.

Schedule for the evening:

18:15  Reception at UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
19:00  Lecture by Karon Monaghan QC (2019-20 Bentham Association President)
20:15 Dinner in the Jeremy Bentham Room, Wilkins Building

Ticket Fees

£60 Full event: Alumni and Guest Tickets
£45 Full event: Recent Graduates from 2019, 2020 & 2021
£15 In-Person Attendance at the Reception and Lecture only
£5 Watch the Live Stream only

About the evening

UCL Laws alumni and UCL alumni now working in the legal profession have been meeting annually for the Bentham Association [formerly the Bentham Club] Presidential Address and Dinner since 1949. The evening includes a reception, the Presidential Address, and dinner and is a great opportunity to catch up with your friends from UCL and meet new people too. Be sure to tell us when you book who you would like to sit with at dinner and we will do our best to incorporate that into the dinner plan.

All the 0s
This year we particularly welcome graduates from years ending in 2 who will be celebrating 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years since graduation from UCL. Do get in touch with Lisa Penfold if you would like to have an all the 0s reunion table at the dinner and need assistance with contacting friends from your year group.  

Let your friend from UCL know about this event:
Please forward these event details to other UCL graduates who you think might be interested in attending and/or friends who may have changed their email addresses recently.


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