UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Private Law Group hosts 2024 SECOLA conference

9 July 2024

On the 14 and 15 June 2024, Dr Lucinda Miller, supported by the UCL Private Law Group, hosted the annual Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA) conference.

Group photo of attendees at SECOLA Conference 2024

The theme of the conference was ‘Contract and Power’ and attracted a number of European and UK speakers and delegates who engaged with the theme from both theoretical and doctrinal perspectives.

Professor Pietro Sirena, Dean of Bocconi Law school and President of SECOLA, commented: “We are very grateful to the UCL Private Law Group and particularly to Lucinda Miller for hosting us this year for such an interesting debate. It offered an important opportunity to explore the relationship between contractual freedom and the private powers that are recognised, or that de facto form in various areas of relational life and which create asymmetries and injustices. From the original context of the employment relationship, the phenomenon of private power has been vastly extended by technology, particularly in electronic platforms. In intimate relationships, the archetype of patriarchal power has been dismantled, but new forms of discrimination and marginalization of weaker individuals or groups are resurfacing within society. Moreover, the issue of human power intersects with the respect due to the surrounding environment and the rights of future generations.”

The papers will be published by Intersentia in their European Contract Law and Theory collection (EUCOLATH).

For more information, visit the 2024 SECOLA Conference webpage.