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18:00 - 19:30 14 March 2014
Centre for Ethics and Law Annual Lecture: The Place of 'Institutions' and the Idea of 'Corruption'
Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential
Professor Lawrence Lessig, Guest Speaker, Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Lessig is also a political activist – he was portrayed in The West Wing by Christopher Lloyd. He focuses on political corruption and has criticised the numbers of legislators and staff who leave office to become lobbyists, possibly beholden to special interests.
Professor Richard Moorhead, Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL Faculty of Laws, Richard Moorhead's work focuses on lawyers´ ethics, professional competence, the regulation of legal services and access to justice. Often employing empirical methods, he has conducted a wide range of studies, including for the Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Board, Civil Justice Council, and the Law Society.He is a keen blogger and writes an occasional column for the Guardian newspaper's law website as well as featuring regularly in the legal press and mainstream media.
This year’s Centre for Ethics and Law (CEL) Annual Lecture will be given by Professor Lessig, known for his Non-Corruption Principle and advocacy of reduced legal restrictions on copyright.
The lecture, entitled The Place of ‘Institutions’ in the Idea of ‘Corruption’, will explore the idea of “institutional corruption” and uses it to understand pathologies in important public institutions, especially the United States Congress.
The event will be followed by a reception for attendees.
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