Events 2017/18

LSE Law hosts events that play a major role in policy debates & in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Gender and Human Rights: Seeking Freedom Beyond the Liberal Imaginary
5:30pm to 7:00pm Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Speaker: Ratna Kapur  (Visiting Professor of Law, QMUL)
Chair: Sumi Madhok  (Associate Professor, LSE Gender Institute)

Human rights are axiomatic with liberal freedom. Yet more rights for women, sexual and religious minorities, have not necessarily produced more freedom. Campaigns for same-sex marriage, violence against women, and Islamic veil bans have had disempowering and exclusionary effects, illustrating how human rights can operate as a project of containment and unfreedom. I argue that the futurity of human rights rests in delinking the project from liberal freedom and exploring its relationship with non-liberal, alternative registers of freedom. In this presentation I offer some reflections on Foucault’s political spirituality and Eve Sedgwick’s Mahayana Buddhist epistemology, as examples of freedom beyond the fishbowl of the liberal imaginary.

Monday 23 October 2017
The Rise and Fall of Shareholder Rights in America


Shareholder suits occur much more frequently in the U.S. than in Britain or for that matter Europe.  The frequency of such suits masks the limited legal areas in which American shareholder pursue through litigation managers and controlling stockholders.  Professor James Cox will discuss several legal developments that occurred during what might be considered the “Golden Age” of American corporate law in which the courts created or strengthened various legal doctrines that protect and benefit shareholders and how this trend is now being reversed. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEJamesCox
Chair: Dr Carsten Gerner-Beuerle, UCL.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 
4pm Moot Court Room, New Academic Building
Legal and Political Theory Forum
Book launch – Mere Civility (Harvard, 2017)
Speaker: Teresa Bejan (Oxford), with Baroness Onora O’Neill (commentator)

Wednesday 25 October 2017 
5.30pm 8th Floor, New Academic Building
Book launch – Private Law and the Value of Choice (Hart, 2017)
Speaker: Emmanuel Voyiakis 

Thursday 26 October 2017 
Book launch: A Global Analysis of Tax Treaty Disputes


Associate Professor Eduardo Baistrocchi has just published A Global Analysis of Tax Treaty Disputesand will host a book launch at LSE on 26 October 2017. The book reviewers will be Dr John Avery Jones (Pump Court Tax Chambers); Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah (University of Michigan); Associate Professor Ian Roxan, (LSE Law); Professor Richard Vann (University of Sydney); and Pascal Saint-Amans (Director of the Center for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris). Please contact Lewina Coote for further details.

Wednesday 8 November 2017
Mannheim/BSc Crimonology Seminar Series
Women convincted of homicide 
Speaker: Dr Annette Ballinger (Keele)

Wednesday 22 November 2017 
Distributing Retributive Desert


Professor Kimberly Kessler Ferzan explores puzzles of distributing retributive desert. Even if one takes giving people what they negatively deserve to be intrinsically good, one must confront questions of distribution.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdesert

Tuesday 28 November 2017
Cash: the future of money in the Bitcoin age


The socio-economic debate surrounding money has advanced since the early metallist days of John Locke. Money is no longer viewed as an homogenous, neutral thing; rather, theorists are wont to emphasise its pivotal role in shaping networks of social relations. Yet, in many respects, the legal analysis of money is playing catch-up, and the advent of distributed online ecosystems such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has pushed to the fore some difficult questions concerning the appropriate legal lens through which to view money, and monetary assets. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEcash

Wednesday 29 November 2017
Legal and Political Theory Forum
The Conservative Human Rights Revolution
Speakers: Marco Duranti (Sydney and Cambridge)

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Mannheim/BSc Crimonology Seminar Series
Political violence: a typology 
Speaker: Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex)


A full list of forthcoming events will be published during September 2017.