Ticket Update

All 115 tickets have been booked!

However, if you would like to attend, please do sign up to thwaiting list now – we anticipate releasing more tickets early next week, and will post further updates here.

Additionally, if you can no longer attend, please cancel your booking as soon as possible so we can pass the ticket on to somebody else.


Just Intervention?

Make sure you don’t miss out on one of the last and best debates in the UCL academic calendar this year. The evening promises to be a highly interesting and stimulating debate on the ethics of international intervention with an excellent panel of high profile speakers.

Tickets are free and include a post-debate wine and canape reception. Tickets are limited so reserve one now athttp://lptforum.eventbrite.com

Poster designed by Sing Yun Lee, a third-year UCL English student:

Just Intervention?

Wednesday 6th June 2012, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

G22 Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Please reserve your free ticket here: http://lptforum.eventbrite.com

This is the third in a series of popular student-organised academic events at UCL’s School of Public Policy. This year’s forum will take place between 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday 6th June, in the form of a panel discussion chaired by Nat Rutherford, a student on the Master’s programme. This year we will be addressing the issue and ethics of international intervention. Professor Chris Brown (LSE), John McDonnell MP,  Dr Avia Pasternak (University of Essex) and Dr Laura Valentini (UCL) have already confirmed as panel members. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

With the recent military intervention in Libya, imposition of trade sanctions on Syria and our gradual retreat from two foreign wars, the issue of international intervention is currently (and foreseeably) pertinent to political philosophy, especially in the spheres of human rights and global justice. What normative and practical lessons can be drawn from experiences of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what considerations ought to inform a state’s decision to intervene, especially in light of the Arab Spring?

Some key issues we plan to address include:

  • Is it right to export western liberal values with missionary zeal?
  • Are accusations of cultural imperialism avoidable in international intervention?
  • How can we justify the circumvention of nationalism when engaging in foreign intervention?
  • Can cost-benefit analysis ever provide reasonable grounds for intervention?
  • Do the implications of intervention extend to broader concerns of global injustice, such as the global poor?
  • What obligations do states owe to citizens of other states?
  • Are our global obligations in conflict with democratic demands?
  • To what extent are our conclusions about global justice and intervention action-guiding?

Global problems need global solutions, but do they also generate global obligations? 

Where better to address these global issues than at UCL, “London’s Global University”?

We will be hosting a drinks reception in the South Cloisters after the talk and all attendees are welcome to join.

Farewell Welfare?

New speaker confirmed: Dr David Green (Civitas)

We are delighted to have confirmed a sixth speaker for Farewell Welfare, Dr David Green, director and founding member of Civitas.

Farewell Welfare?

Farewell welfare?

Farewell welfare?

22 March 2011, 6.30 pm

Bentham Main Lecture Theatre, Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Does a fair society require a welfare state? If welfare cuts are needed, how can their fairness be ensured? Can it ever be fair for cuts to hit the poor hardest? This year, a panel of notable speakers will be discussing the notions of fairness and welfare, in light of the coalition government’s proposed cuts to the welfare state. David Cameron and the coalition government have invoked the concept of fairness to justify and explain huge changes across the public sector, which include cuts to the welfare state. It is argued that many of these cuts affect disadvantaged members of society – women, lower socio-economic classes, ethnic minorities, disabled groups, etc. – the most. How can the invocation of ‘fairness’ be reconciled with this apparent increase in inequality?

The forum will comprise a combination of politicians, academics, and others working in the field of public policy, with views ranging across the political spectrum. We hope that such a broad range of views and people will stimulate heated debate and help to bring to light the complex and varied issues at stake in this important and topical subject. The forum will be chaired by Professor Albert Weale of UCL School of Public Policy.

We are pleased to announce that the speakers on this year’s panel will be

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham)
Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon (Birkbeck; Lib-Dem Councillor)
Dr Stuart White (Oxford University)
Max Wind-Cowie (Demos)
Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL)

The forum will take place on 22nd March at 6.30-8.30 pm in the Bentham Main Lecture Theatre, Bentham House (Faculty of Laws), and will be followed by a drinks reception in the School of Public Policy building, 29/30 Tavistock Square.