Is the 'Rule of Law' Good for Cities? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Gerald Frug | There is a widespread consensus that, everywhere in the world, urban development has to be based on the rule of law. But what is 'the rule of law'? Does any formal legal system qualify - or must it have specific requirements? If there are specific requirements, who says what they are? Does the rule of law inhibit - or does it encourage - the extent of privatisation of urban space? Does it require the abolition of informal settlements and businesses or allow th
Democracy or Dictatorship? Emerging Political Crisis in Pakistan [Audio]
Speaker(s): Imran Khan | [Please note that due to a sudden change of venue, the beginning of this lecture is missing] Imran Khan is a member of the Pakistan parliament and Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) which he established in 1997. He is also the founder of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore. Khan is thought of by many in the cricketing world as being one of the finest all rounders to play the game and led the Pakistan cricke
Israel and the Palestinians: Domestic Developments and Prospects for Talks [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Shai Feldman, Dr. Khalil Shikaki | Professor Shai Feldman is director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, Boston. From 1997-2005 he served as head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2001-2003 he served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matter
The NHS: The Next 10 Years [Audio]
Speaker(s): Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP | In this lecture, Patricia Hewitt will reflect on the achievements and lessons learnt from the last ten years of investment and reform in the health service. She will set out how, over the coming decade, the NHS can rise to the challenge of delivering the best health and healthcare for patients, and the best value for money for taxpayers. Ms Hewitt will also tackle head on proposals for alternative ways of funding healthcare, such as co-payments, and demons
Can we still trust TV? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Mark Stephens | Telly has had a torrid 2007. Under fire for fake competitions, phones ins that are scams and documentaries that are 'fakes' public trust has plummeted and the audience relationship sorely tested. Join us as we put TV on Trial.
Cool It: global warming and getting our priorities straight [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Bjørn Lomborg | Current policy proposals on global warming tend to focus on early and strong greenhouse gas cuts, although these will be very expensive and help very little. Lomborg suggests that we should focus on long-term, smart strategies.
Media and Democracy in Post-Putin Russia: has the death of press freedom been exaggerated? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Miklos Haraszti, Edward Lucas; Pavel Andreev; Darya Pushkova | Who is to blame for the current state of the Russian media? Can press freedom be revived? Miklos Haraszti is the representative on freedom of the media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Edward Lucas is East European correspondent at The Economist and author of The New Cold War and How to Win It, to be published in 2008. Pavel Andreev is London deputy bureau chief, Russian News & Information Agenc
The Ukrainian Elections 2007: whatever happened to the Orange Revolution? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Dr Andrew Wilson | On 30 September pre-term parliamentary elections will be held in Ukraine. Can the country's stalemate be resolved by the ballot box? Gwendolyn Sasse is based at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Andrew Wilson is based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London.
Public Space and the Body [Audio]
Speaker(s): Antony Gormley, Darian Leader; Renata Salecl | Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. Antony Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999. Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. Renata Salecl is centennial professor of law at LSE and a senior researcher in criminology at the University of Ljubljana, Slov
Panel Discussion on Judicial Biography [Audio]
Speaker(s): Neil Duxbury, Professor Lisa Jardine; Professor Nicola Lacey; Geoffrey Lewis | Legal biographies and autobiographies are a rich and important source of information about the legal system, statute law and the legal profession. Lisa Jardine is centenary professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Nicola Lacey is professor of criminal law at LSE. Neil Duxbury is professor of law at Manchester University. Geoffrey Lewis is author of the biographies of Lord Aitki
Macedonia - tests passed and the challenges ahead [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray | The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Antonio Miloaoski, will present a picture of the political and economic situation in this small but fascinating Balkan country, of the relations in the region, as well as of the impending challenges on its road to full-fledged membership of the European and Euro-Atlantic family.
The Divergence of the Bottom Billion [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier | The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which track poverty among 5 billion people, miss the key future challenge for development policy. This is that around 50 countries, now at the bottom of the world economy, are economically stagnant and so are diverging from the rest of mankind at an accelerating rate. The lecture analyzes why these countries, with around a billion people, are diverging - why globalization generates both convergence for most of the deve
Cash In - Carbon Out [Audio]
Speaker(s): Sam Frankhauser, Abyd Karmali, Ralf Martin; Professor Michael Mainelli; Jan-Peter Onstwedder; Martin Wolf | How 'The London Accord' has focused City Research on Climate Change. This introduction to the London Accord will be followed by a debate on two different approaches to Climate Change - Tax versus Carbon Trading.
Cornered in the Centre: aid and development in a rough neighbourhood [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray | In his lecture Toby Lanzer looks at the challenges of kick starting and managing a humanitarian and development campaign for one of the world's forgotten crises, that of the Central African Republic.
Europe, Migration and Globalisation - What About the Workers? [Audio]
Speaker(s): John Monks | John Monks will explore the prospects for workers in a world increasingly dominated by the free movement of capital and the increased movement of goods and people. Who wins, who loses? Is free movement dangerous to workers? Is a return to protectionism on the cards? What should be the trade union, Government and EU approaches to globalisation?
Garibaldi: the patriot as global hero [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Lucy Riall, Professor John Breuilly | The Italian revolutionary leader Giuseppe Garibaldi was not only worshipped as national hero in his country but he was also a hugely popular global figure in his lifetime - an estimated 500,000 people turned out to greet him on his arrival in London in 1864. The lecture, which marks the bicentenary of Garibaldi's birth, examines the charismatic leader's emergence as global symbol in the context of nineteenth-century globalization proces
Beyond the Genome: the challenge of synthetic biology [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Franklin, Professor Peter Lipton; Professor Chris Mason; Dr J Craig Venter | The 1970s introduced genetic modification, the 1990s cloning and GM food, and the human genome was sequenced in 2000. Synthetic biology is heralded as the next frontier. But what is synthetic biology and how do we imagine its future directions? What are the implications of this new field for scientists, lawyers, regulators and ethicists? What social and political challenges does it pose and w
The Role of Inter-governmental, State and Non-governmental Players in Conflict Resolution [Audio]
Speaker(s): Martti Ahtisaari | Martti Ahtisaari will draw attention to both challenges and opportunities of multi-stakeholder co-operation in conflict resolution. Mr. Ahtisaari's lecture is based on his extensive experience as a peace mediator, civil servant and board member of a number of non-governmental organisations.
The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Mearsheimer, Professor Stephen Walt | A look at the nature and activities of the 'Israel lobby' in the United States, and how various groups and individuals have encouraged policies that are unintentionally harmful to both US and Israeli interests. John Mearsheimer is at the University of Chicago. Stephen Walt is at the John F Kennedy School of Government.
Judging the Booker Prize: what concerns novelists in English today (and what does not) [Audio]
Speaker(s): Howard Davies | Howard Davies is chair of the judges for the 2007 Man Booker prize. Following the award of the prize on 16 October he reflects on the judging process and what it reveals about the state of the English novel.