UCL Faculty of Laws


Current Legal Problems

Current Legal Problems is the Faculty of Laws' flagship public lecture series, and was established over sixty years ago. The lectures are public and often chaired by members of the judiciary.

Empty seats in the Moot Court at Bentham House, a mock courtroom style room

About CLP

The Current Legal Problems (CLP) annual volume is published on behalf of UCL Laws by Oxford University Press, and features scholarly articles that offer a critical analysis of important current legal issues.

It covers all areas of legal scholarship and features a wide range of methodological approaches to law. With its emphasis on contemporary developments, CLP is a major point of reference for legal scholarship.

The Editors

Dr Mark Dsouza (University College London)

Professor Maria Lee (University College London)

Dr Deni Mantzari (University College London)

Board Members

Prof. Tanya Aplin (King’s College London)

Prof. Jo Braithwaite (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Prof. Anne Davies (University of Oxford)

Prof. Alison Diduck (University College London)

Prof. Piet Eeckhout (University College London)

Prof. Michael Freeman (University College London)

The Rt. Hon. Lord Patrick Hodge (Supreme Court)

Prof. John Lowry (University College London)

Prof. Virginia Mantouvalou (University College London)

Prof. Vanessa Munro (University of Warwick)

Prof. Sir Lionel Smith (McGill University)

Prof. Dame Sarah Worthington (University of Cambridge)

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If you have a query about the CLP series or a specific CLP lecture you plan to/are attending or would like to be included in the mailing list, email us at laws-events@ucl.ac.uk.

CLP series 2023-24

The Editors have secured an excellent line-up of speakers for the Academic year 2023-2024. Please click on the links (where available) to either register your attendance, watch a lecture that has already taken place or save the upcoming dates and times (subject to change) in your diary, more information will be released as we receive it.

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CLP/Inaugural lectures taking place in academic year 2023-24:

Professor Neha Jain (European University Institute)
'Atrocity's Glass Booth' - Hybrid
Thursday 12 October 2023, 18:00-19:00

Dr Leanne Smith (University of Exeter)
'Family Law for Family Life: Rethinking the Boundaries and Modalities of Family Law' - Hybrid
Thursday 19 October 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Dr Tatjana Hörnle (Max Planck Institute)
'The New Law on Sexual Assault and Rape in Germany' - Hybrid
Thursday 2 November 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Sarah Paterson (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
'The New Incentives of Senior Lenders in Financial Distress' - Hybrid
Thursday 16 November 2023, 13:00-14:00

Professor Albert Sanchez Graells (University of Bristol)
'Responsibly Buying Artificial Intelligence: A Regulatory Hallucination?' - Hybrid
Thursday 23 November 2023, 18:00-19:00

Dr Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University)
'Aggression, Capitalism, and International Law: Missed Opportunities or Structural Restraints?' - Hybrid
Thursday 30 November 2023, 13:00-14:00

Professor Myriam Hunter-Henin (University College London)
'Religious Expression and Exemptions in the Private Sector Workplace: Spotting Bias in Legal Reasoning' - INAUGURAL LECTURE (In-person)
Friday 8 December 2023, 18:00-19:00

Dr Ed Mitchell (University of Essex)
'Contracting in the public interest? Re-examining the role of contract in contemporary town planning processes' - Hybrid
Thursday 14 December 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Stavros Brekoulakis (Queen Mary University of London)
'Impartiality and the Construction of Trust in Investor State Dispute Settlement'
Thursday 1 February 2024, 13:00-14:00

Professor Lavanya Rajamani (University of Oxford)
'Interpreting the Paris Agreement in its Normative Environment'
Thursday 8 February 2024, 13:00-14:00

Professor John Allison (University of Cambridge)
'Current Legal Fictions in Public Law'
Thursday 22 February 2024, 18:00-19:00

Dr Dionysia Katelouzou (King's College London)
'The Anatomy of Investor Stewardship'
Thursday 7 March 2024, 13:00-14:00

Professor Mariana Mota Prado (University of Toronto)
'Redundancy as a Legal Strategy to Fight Corruption' - Hybrid
Thursday 14 March 2024, 13:00-14:00

Professor Carsten Gerner-Beuerle (University College London)
'How to Quantify Legal Rules' - INAUGURAL LECTURE (In-person)
Thursday 23 May 2024, 18:00-19:00

Professor Diamond Ashiagbor (University of Kent)
'Race, Legal Form and the Labour Contract' - Hybrid
Thursday 9 May 2024, 18:00-19:00

Previous CLP series


Professor Steven Vaughan (University College London)
'Unethical Environmental Lawyer' - INAUGURAL LECTURE
Thursday 13 October 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Eric Descheemaeker (University of Melbourne)
'Against Normative Damages'
Thursday 10 November 2022, 18:00-19:00

James Murray (Taylor Vinters)
'The Thinkery and the Academy'
Thursday 17 November 2022, 18:15-19:15

Professor Kimberley Trapp (University College London)
'Violence in and of International Law' - INAUGURAL LECTURE
Friday 18 November 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor James Lee (King's College London)
'Not Time to Make a Change? Reviewing the Rhetoric of Law Reform' 
Thursday 8 December 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Erika Rackley
'A Short Biography of Judicial Diversity'
Thursday 19 January 2023, 18:00-19:00

Dr Dina Waked (SciencesPo Law School)
'Competition Law in Developing Counties: From Fair to Free to Perfect Markets'
Thursday 26 January 2023, 18:00-19:00

Dr Orla Lynskey (LSE)
'Effective or Complete Data Protection'
Thursday 2 February 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles
'The Advisory Function of International Courts and Tribunals'
Monday 20 February 2023, 18:15-19:15

Dr Janet O'Sullivan (University of Cambridge)
'Gambling Addiction, Financial Loss and Suicide: Exploring the “Outermost Reaches” of the Common Law'
Tuesday 14 March 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Ilanah Fhima (University College London)
'3D Shape Marks - a 360 Degree Analysis' - INAUGURAL LECTURE
Thursday 23 March 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor David Ormerod (University College London)
'The Need for a Criminal Division of the High Court' - INAUGURAL LECTURE
Thursday 11 May 2023, 18:00-19:00

Professor Sarah Green (Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law)
'Time for a Tertium Quid'
Thursday 25 May 2023, 18:00-19:00


Professor Payam Akhavan (Massey College, University of Toronto)
'The Perils of Progressive Jurisprudence: The Nullum Crimen Sine Lege Principle in International Criminal Law'
Thursday 14 October 2021, 18:00-19:00

Professor Roderick Bagshaw (University of Oxford)
'Duty of Care: Improving the Possible'
Thursday 21 October 2021, 18:00-19:00

Dr Devika Hovell (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
'The Perils of Positivism in International Law'
Thursday 18 November 2021, 18:00-19:00

Professor Eva Pils (King's College London)
'China's Challenge to International Law'
Thursday 3 February 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Sundhya Pahuja (The University of Melbourne)
'Empire Comes Home: Three Phases in the Struggle to Decolonise International Law'
Thursday 10 February 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Rebecca Williams (University of Oxford)
'Accountable Algorithms - Adopting the Public Law Toolkit Outside the Realm of Public Law'
Thursday 24 February 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Brian Opeskin (University of Technology Sydney)
'Reconsidering Specialisation of Judicial Labour'
Thursday 10 March 2022, 18:00-19:00

Professor Ronan McCrea (University College London)
'Securing a Secular Future in an Era of Secularist Self-Doubt' - INAUGURAL LECTURE
Friday 6 May 2022, 18:00-19:00


Prof. Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan)
'What Might (Finally) Kill the Jus ad Bellum'
Thursday 22 October 2020, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Lusina Ho (The University of Hong Kong)
'The Mental Element in Equitable Accessory Liability'
Thursday 29 October 2020, 18:00-19:00

Dr Lisa Benjamin (Lewis & Clark Law School)
'Group Companies and Climate Change'
Thursday 5 November 2020, 18:30-19:30

Prof. Anne Orford (The University of Melbourne)
'Regional Orders and International Law'
Thursday 26 November 2020, 12:00-13:00

Prof. Ruth Rubio Marin (University of Sevilla)
'The Gendering of Constitutionalism'
Wednesday 27 January 2021, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Mark Lunney (King's College London)
'From Parker to the Australia Acts'
Thursday 4 February 2021, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Orna Rabinovich-Einy (University of Haifa)
'The Past, Present and Future of Online Dispute Resolution'
Thursday 11 February 2021, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Niamh Nic Shuibhne (University of Edinburgh)
'Did Brexit Change EU Law?'
Thursday 25 February 2021, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School)
'Safeguarding Freedom'
Thursday 4 March 2021, 18:00-19:00

Prof. Nico Krisch (The Graduate Institute Geneva)
'The Process of Change in International Law'
Thursday 18 March 2021, 18:00-19:00

Dr Shreya Atrey (University Oxford)
'Race Discrimination Without Racism'
Thursday 25 March 2021, 18:00-19:00