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UCL Jurisprudence Review: "Morality of the Financial Crisis"

UCL Jurisprudence Review

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM (GMT)

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The UCL Jurisprudence Review is hosting a topical and multidisciplinary Q&A panel discussion on the "Morality of the Financial Crisis" on 3 February 2011 at 6pm. In this event, we aim to discuss the following questions:

-        Who should bear the costs of the financial crisis?

-        Are the cuts fair?

-        Has the impact of the financial crisis impinged on any of our social or economic rights?

-        Do we have social rights (i.e. rights to health care, housing, higher education etc.) at all?

-        Does legal pragmatism provide us with a new tool to evaluate the legal distribution of risks, burdens, duties and rights arising out of the
financial crisis?


Our distinguished panel of speakers will address these questions from social, political and legal perspectives:

Professor Alan Dignam
(Professor of Corporate Law, QMUL). Professor Dignam's major research interests are company law, corporate governance and the application of Constitutional Rights/Human Rights to corporations.

Daniel Leighton (Head of the Public Interest Programme at DEMOS, a think-tank focused on power and politics). Mr. Leighton is particularly interested in exploring the application of republican political philosophy to public policy, democratic reform and the workplace.

Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia (Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights and Lecturer in Human Rights and Political Theory). Dr. Meckled-Garcia's research focuses on the ethical foundations of human rights, and on theories of international justice.

The panel discussion will be chaired by Mr John Springford (Senior Researcher at Social
Market Foundation). Mr Springford has worked as a researcher at Centreforum and the Centre for European Reform. His main academic focus is on economic history and international relations. Mr Springford has also written a collection of papers on the financial crisis.


This event is of universal relevance and interest as the austerity measures currently being implemented by governments globally will have lasting impacts upon our society's social, moral and political landscape.


The UCL Jurisprudence Review is an annual collection of essays in jurisprudence published by a student group at University College London Faculty of Laws. Established in 1994, it is the first academic student law journal of the United Kingdom. The Review instigates discussion on fundamental issues of ethics, morality and justice, and their application across a broad spectrum of legal areas. These discussions continue through our series of colloquia. Further information about the Review can be found on our website:



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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London
United Kingdom

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM (GMT)

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