The Law Professorship at Gresham College is over four centuries old and has been held by some of the nation's leading lawyers and legal academics. In recent years Gresham Professors of Law have delivered lectures on a range of topics, ranging from constitutional affairs to the legislation of biological research.

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Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in cases concerned with families and children. She was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in the summer of 2016.

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in legal issues affecting families and children. Since being called to the Bar in 1986, Professor Delahunty has come to practice at the High Court level and above, rising to prominence for her work in cases concerning contentious medical evidence and the death of/catastrophic injures to a child; ‘shaken baby’ allegations where genetic and benign cases can mimic physical abuse; inter-generational and inter-sibling sexual abuse; ritualized abuse; ISIS radicalisation risks and cases involving vulnerable adults and victims where learning disabilities and mental health difficulties prevail. She was appointed a QC in 2006, a Recorder in 2009 and made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2011. She is identified as a Top Rank Silk by Chambers and Partners and is ranked as a Top Tier Silk by the Legal 500.

Alongside her practice in the Family Division, between 2013-16, Professor Delahunty was instructed on behalf of 77 bereaved families in the Hillsborough Inquest, tasked with exposing the failures of the emergency medical response by the South Yorkshire Ambulance service: on 26.4.16 the Jury found that their errors and omission caused or contributed to the loss of life in the disaster. More recently, Professor Delahunty has become involved in advising organisations on risk review and the adequacy of their child protection procedures in light of The Goddard Inquiry into historic sex abuse.

Alongside her private practice Professor Delahunty sits as a Recorder hearing public and private law chidren’s case and plays an active part in the committees of various legal associations, including the CCFLR (Centre for Child and Family Law Reform), the Women’s Forum (Middle and Inner Temple Inns of Court) alongside being Patron of the charity AMEND (Association of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders). She is a member of 4Paper Buildings, Temple, London and has door tenancies at Park Lane Plowden in Leeds and St. Ives Chambers in Birmingham

Both through her professional and pro bono work, and in her numerous engagements as a speaker, Professor Delahunty is drawn towards sharing her knowledge by striving to make the law, its practice as well as its principles, accessible to the society it serves.  In her public speaking she is noted for challenging the audience’s preconceptions and pushing them into less comfortable areas of thought and reflection, speaking with passion and insight on what really happens inside and outside court, and the realities of representing confused, damaged clients when they are faced with the formality, language, remoteness and power of the legal process.

She has been appointed Gresham Professor of Law since the summer of 2016. Her first series of lectures is called When Worlds Collide: the Family and the Law.

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All Professor of Law Lectures
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'Two Point One Children': Why There is no Typical Family in the Family Court

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 6:00PM
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Expert Witnesses: A Zero-Sum Game?

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 6:00PM
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Guilty until Proven Innocent

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 6:00PM
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When Legal Worlds Collide

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 6:00PM
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Is One Individual's Radicalism Another's Right to Free Speech?

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 6:00PM
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'Sex, Death and Witchcraft' - What Goes On In The Family Court Room?

Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 6:00PM
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Law and Lawyers - Not All Bad? A Life in the Law - Not All Good?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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Human Rights: Whether in Europe or Out?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 6:00PM
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Sex and the Law

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 2 March 2016 - 6:00PM
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Prison and Why We Send People There: Does it Work? Should it?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - 6:00PM
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Does The Citizen Have The Right To Protest On The High Seas?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 - 6:00PM
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Gaza-Israel: The Legal and the Military View

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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Gaza-Israel: Panel Discussion

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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Srebrenica: Justice and Legacy

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 6:00PM
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Srebrenica: Genocide and Trials

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 6:00PM
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"Cases I have known"

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 6:00PM
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Human Rights: Developments

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 6:00PM
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Human Rights: The Law

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 6:00PM
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Human Rights: Philosophy and History

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 6:00PM
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Britain and 1914

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Growth of Euroscepticism

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 6:00PM
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Head of State Immunity – a Useful Relic?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 6:00PM
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Burma and North Korea - Avoid the Law unless Convenient

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 6:00PM
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Advocacy – ‘as if’ the Person Represented, or ‘for’ the Person Represented?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 6:00PM
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The decision to seek entry into the European Community

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 6:00PM
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Law as a New Religion and Other Topics

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 6:00PM
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The Iran Tribunal

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 - 6:00PM
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From the European Coal and Steel Community to the Common Market

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 6:00PM
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The Vietnam Informal Tribunal

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 6:00PM
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Britain and the Continent

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - 6:00PM
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Regulation at home, but not abroad

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 6:00PM
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State Involvement in War Crimes Trials

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 - 6:00PM
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Legal Process as a Tool to Rewrite History - Law, Politics and History

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 1:00PM
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The permanent International Criminal Court – the ICC - and Africa

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 - 1:00PM
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The end of Slobodan Milošević

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Tuesday, 2 October 2012 - 6:00PM
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International Criminal Tribunals: Experiments? Works in progress? Institutions that are here for good, or maybe not?

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 - 1:00PM
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Regulating the Regulators

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Legal Profession - Regulating for independence

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 9 May 2012 - 6:00PM
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The BBC - Defending the public interest

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 - 6:00PM
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The BBC - Protecting it from the Government

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Universities - Under regulation

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Universities - Over regulation

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - 6:00PM
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Britain in the 20th Century: The Road to War

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 - 6:00PM
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Britain in the 20th Century: "Appeasement"

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - 6:00PM
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Britain in the 20th Century: The Economic Crisis and its Consequences

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - 6:00PM
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Britain in the 20th Century: The Great War and its Consequences

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 7 December 2010 - 12:00AM
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Britain in the 20th Century: Responses to Decline, 1895-1914

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 12:00AM
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Britain in the 20th Century - Progress and Decline: The Character of Twentieth Century Britain

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 - 12:00AM
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Cousin Marriage

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Civil Partnerships

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 - 12:00AM
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Cohabitation and the Law

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 12:00AM
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What’s a woman worth? The maintenance law

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 - 12:00AM
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Divorce law - a disaster?

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 - 12:00AM
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Human Rights and Welfare

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Monday, 11 May 2009 - 12:00AM
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Judicial control of regulation

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 - 12:00AM
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Fertility and Feminism

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Monday, 16 February 2009 - 12:00AM
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Choosing your baby

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Thursday, 20 November 2008 - 12:00AM
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Ethics, embryos and infertility

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Monday, 27 October 2008 - 12:00AM
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Reproductive technologies and the birth of the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE
Thursday, 25 September 2008 - 12:00AM
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John F. Kennedy, President, 1961-1963

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 - 12:00AM
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Dwight Eisenhower, President, 1953-1961

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 18 March 2008 - 12:00AM
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Harry Truman, President, 1945-1953

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 29 January 2008 - 12:00AM
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Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Foreign Policy

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 12:00AM
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Franklin D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945 - Domestic Policy

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 12:00AM
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The Nature of the American Presidency

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 18 September 2007 - 12:00AM
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Our new Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 - 12:00AM
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Our New Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Friday, 4 May 2007 - 12:00AM
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Northern Ireland and the British-Irish relationship: The Gladstonian Settlement revisited

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 - 12:00AM
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The Government of London

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 6:00PM
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The new localism: Local government and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 12 December 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Referendum: Direct democracy and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Civil Service and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Judges and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 30 May 2006 - 12:00AM
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Party Finance and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Referendum: Direct Democracy and the Constitution

Lord Falconer
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 - 12:00AM
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Modernising Parliament: Reform of the House of Lords

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 29 November 2005 - 12:00AM
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The Reform of Parliament and the Crisis of Political Participation

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 25 October 2005 - 12:00AM
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Alternative Electoral Systems

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 20 September 2005 - 12:00AM
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The General Election and the Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 31 May 2005 - 12:00AM
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Devolution and the territorial Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 5 April 2005 - 12:00AM
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The Human Rights Act: Cornerstone of a New Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 25 January 2005 - 12:00AM
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Europe and the old Constitution

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 - 12:00AM
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The old Constitution under strain

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE
Tuesday, 26 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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A Conversation with The Rt Hon Lord Justice Auld, Lord Justice of Appeal and Chairman of Criminal Courts Review

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Auld
Tuesday, 26 February 2002 - 6:00PM
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A Conversation with David Pannick QC

David Pannick QC
Tuesday, 27 November 2001 - 6:00PM
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A Conversation with The Rt Hon the Lord Woolf of Barnes, The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Rt Hon the Lord Woolf of Barnes
Tuesday, 30 October 2001 - 6:00PM
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Recent Law Reforms and IT

Richard Susskind
Monday, 23 April 2001 - 12:00AM
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Categorisation of Legal Disputes on the Internet

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Wednesday, 2 February 2000 - 12:00AM
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Cyber/Contracts

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Thursday, 9 December 1999 - 12:00AM
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Electronic Commerce: New Data Protection Law

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Tuesday, 2 March 1999 - 12:00AM
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Pornography, Censorship and Defamation

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Tuesday, 2 February 1999 - 12:00AM
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Copyright, Trade Mark, Service Mark, Domain Name and Intellectual Property Issues

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Wednesday, 9 December 1998 - 12:00AM
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The Internet: Security and Contract at a Distance

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Tuesday, 10 November 1998 - 12:00AM
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The Internet and Electronic Commerce: The New Technology

Professor Gerald Wakefield
Tuesday, 13 October 1998 - 12:00AM
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Closing the Uruguay Round

Professor Kenneth R Simmonds
Tuesday, 12 April 1994 - 12:00AM
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Law Lectures by Professor Sir David Calcutt QC, October 1992 - June 1993

Professor Sir David Calcutt QC
Wednesday, 14 October 1992 - 12:00AM
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After Maastricht: The future evolution of the European Community

Professor Kenneth R Simmonds
Wednesday, 11 March 1992 - 6:00PM
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Recent Developments in the Legal Regulation of Deep Seabed Mining: Lecture Two

Professor Kenneth R Simmonds
Thursday, 2 July 1987 - 12:00PM
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Recent Developments in the Legal Regulation of Deep Seabed Mining: Lecture One

Professor Kenneth R Simmonds
Tuesday, 30 June 1987 - 12:00PM
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When Worlds Collide: The Family and the Law

Law and Lawyers - not all bad?

From Human Rights to Srebrenica

International Criminal Courts

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation

Lectures by the Gresham Professor of Law, 2013/2014