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UCL CLP: Charitable Purposes and Activities

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM (GMT)

UCL CLP: Charitable Purposes and Activities

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Current Legal Problems Lecture Series 2013-14 


Charitable Purposes and Activities
Dr Jonathan Garton, University of Warwick

Chaired by Alison McKenna,
Principal Judge FTT (Charity),
Finance & Tax Tribunal 


Thursday 6 February 2014
from 6 - 7pm 




When determining whether a civil society organisation has charitable status, the orthodox position has it that the activities carried on in pursuit of its purposes are not relevant, save in very limited circumstances.  This lecture will consider the extent to which this is correct, and whether the reluctance to consider the nature of the activities carried on by a potential charity should be revisited in light of the regulatory consequences of charitable status, outside of which the legal definition of charity has no real meaning.


Biography of the speaker
Jonathan joined the School of Law as a Reader in 2011. He previously taught at the University of Leicester (2002-5), King's College London (2005-10) and, most recently, the University of Liverpool (2010-11), where he is now an honorary senior research fellow in the Charity Law and Policy Unit. He sits on the executive committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Jonathan's research interests are in the law of charities and other nonprofits. His work focuses in particular on social, political and economic theories of organised civil society and their use as tools for evaluating legal rules. He is the author of three books: The Regulation of Organised Civil Society(Oxford, Hart, 2009), the charities volume of Halsbury's Laws of England (London, Lexis, 2010) andPublic Benefit in Charity Law (Oxford, OUP, 2013). His current projects include a book on voluntary sector law and policy (with Charles Mitchell) and the sixth edition of Moffatt on Trusts Law (with Graham Moffatt, Rebecca Probert and Gerry Bean). In 2012-13 he was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, assisting its Inquiry into the Regulation of the Charitable Sector.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM (GMT)

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