UCL Faculty of Laws


Remembering Professor Valentine Korah

The UCL Faculty of Laws invites you to honour Professor Valentine Korah's legacy by contributing to a special fund established in her memory.

Why Your Contribution Matters

Professor Valentine Korah, who passed away in August 2023, left a lasting legacy. She was the first female law professor at UCL and one of the first three in the UK. She was one of the first women in the UK to be appointed to a Chair in Law and devoted her career to competition law, becoming a leading academic in the European Community and Competition Law and comparative/international antitrust.

Academic Excellence

Professor Korah was one of the first to engage with an interdisciplinary (law and economics) approach to competition law, in her teaching and research. She earned her LLB, LLM, and PhD at UCL and went on to teach and research competition law, establishing the first postgraduate course on the subject. Keeping this tradition/her legacy alive, UCL Laws continues to offer a number of competition law courses taking a transdisciplinary perspective, in particular drawing on law, economics, sociology, political science and complexity science.

She taught her students to understand and critically evaluate the rules, not just to memorise them. Even years after taking her courses at UCL, many of her former students, who have become academics, lawyers, or judges, speak of her with respect and affection. Her story is profoundly linked to the history of UCL Faculty of Laws, and we are honoured to have had her as a student, alumna, professor, and friend.

Influence on Policy

Her critiques of the European Commission's approach to competition law led to significant policy changes. Her inaugural lecture at UCL influenced EEC competition policy, culminating in the European Commission’s 2000 Guidelines on vertical restraints. Professor Korah wrote extensively on competition law and the European Community, including her most recent book together with Professor Ioannis Lianos (UCL Laws) and Paolo Siciliani (Bank of England), "Competition Law: Analysis, Cases, & Materials" (Oxford University Press, 2019) which has become a point of reference in the field.

Global Impact

Professor Korah built a global community of competition law scholars and practitioners. She taught at the College of Europe in Bruges, Fordham University School of Law, and travelled extensively, extending her influence worldwide.

Practical Application

Her policy-oriented research and legal insights significantly benefited the legal and economic community. Her work on distribution agreements and technology transfer arrangements remains a vital resource.

Donate to UCL Faculty of Laws 

Supporting scholarships at UCL is a powerful way to ‘pass the baton of opportunity’ to the next generation of students. With your help, we can open our doors to a wider range of people, and make sure the pathway to opportunity reaches beyond our walls, into local, national and global spheres, and into areas under-represented in higher education. This in turn means brilliant minds of all kinds have a stake in shaping our future. The stronger our UCL community is, the stronger our impact; in our diversity, this strength is amplified. 

Give to the Valentine Korah Laws Memorial Fund

We are excited to have launched the Valentine Korah Laws Memorial Fund, this type of giving will contribute to the specific opportunities listed below. Explore the opportunities that we believe best honour the spirit Valentine Korah embodied, and the legacy she left at UCL Laws. To donate to this specific fund or find out more please contact us

How your donation will help

Your donation could fund a variety of different opportunities that help to ensure future generations benefit from the high standards of legal education and innovation that Professor Korah embodied. Supporting this fund contributes to a legacy of academic excellence and practical impact.

The Valentine Korah scholarship

This scholarship will honour Professor Korah's life, and one of her proudest achievements: teaching. It will also help alleviate financial anxieties, remove financial barriers, and reduce the need for part-time work. With greater financial security, our scholars can connect with their peers, and fully embrace the opportunities that come with being part of a dynamic university environment, in a global city like London. 

Annual Valentine Korah lecture

Every year, the Valentine Korah Lecture would be delivered by world-leading legal intellectuals in the fields of competition law and policy. A gift would support an inaugural lecture and indeed we would love to hold this in future years. Convening leaders in law would provide an opportunity for students to hear from and meet leading practitioners.

Annual undergraduate Valentine Korah prize in competition law

This annual prize will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exceptional work throughout their course and is in recognition of their talent and hard work. A gift would make this prize possible to award for one academic year. Multi-year gifts would enable several students to benefit over a few years.

The Valentine Korah Collaboration Space in Bentham House 

Bentham House is the Faculty’s home, combining tradition with bright, modern and accessible spaces for students, staff, alumni and friends to meet, relax and share ideas. A gift would provide for complete refurbishment of the fourth-floor collaboration space. This space would be named The Valentine Korah Collaboration Space and the donor/donors would be recognized. This will create a light and welcoming collaboration space which will allow individuals to meet in a relaxed environment and encourage unplanned exchanges of ideas as part of a dynamic research culture.

Academic Post

A gift to sponsor the creation of a new academic post. This new post will be instrumental in driving forward world-leading research and developing the emerging vision for research within either competition law or policy. 

Join us in honouring Professor Korah

Celebrate the life and contributions of Professor Valentine Korah by supporting the UCL Faculty of Laws. Your donation, no matter the size, will make a significant difference in continuing her work and inspiring future leaders in law.To find out more about donation options and how you can contribute to Professor Korah’s legacy please contact us. Thank you for your support in honouring the memory of an exceptional scholar and advocate, Professor Valentine Korah.