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2018 UCL Bentham Association Presidential Address & Dinner

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM (GMT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
UCL Graduates Mar 16, 2018 £60.00 £0.00
UCL Recent Graduates (2015, 2016, 2017) Mar 16, 2018 £48.00 £0.00
Guest Ticket (non-UCL Graduates attending with a Bentham Association member) Mar 16, 2018 £60.00 £0.00

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Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws

is delighted to announce that the
2018 Bentham Association Presidential Address

will be delivered by
Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Hon), FBA


When Lawyers are good for your health

on Wednesdsay 21 March 2018

6.15pm Welcome Drinks South Cloisters
7.00pm Presidential Address: in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
8.00pm Dinner: in the Jeremy Bentham Room

About the Presidential Address
Awareness of the impact of unresolved legal problems on health is growing. Research on unmet legal need in UCL Laws has shown how legal problems left unchecked can trigger a cascade of crises that create and exacerbate mental and physical health problems. Within health policy, it is increasingly accepted that a strategic approach to improving public health and well-being involves addressing the upstream causes of downstream health problems. Against this background, partnerships between doctors and lawyers have been developing around the world to integrate legal advice into healthcare settings. Such ‘Health Justice Partnerships’ are the vehicle through which law becomes part and parcel of the approach to improving the health of citizens. A significant proportion of GP consultations involve a legal problem that underlies the presenting health issue, so Health Justice Partnerships have the potential to improve patients’ health and reduce demands on health services. The unique Health Justice Partnership established between the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and a GP practice in Newham is just one example of this new development. The Presidential Address will discuss evidence of the value of integrating legal with health services, as well as some of the challenges involved in lawyers working closely with doctors within the NHS.

About Dame Hazel Genn
Dame Hazel Genn is Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and was Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws 2008-2017. Dame Hazel is a leading authority on access to civil and administrative justice.  Her prize winning scholarship focuses on the experiences of ordinary people caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to the needs of citizens.  She has conducted numerous empirical studies on public access to the justice system and has published widely in her specialist fields.  In 2013 she established the UCL Faculty of Laws Centre for Access to Justice, and has recently developed its activities into an innovative health justice partnership with a GP practice in East London to deliver free legal advice to vulnerable patients within the practice. 

Dame Hazel has been appointed to numerous public service roles concerned with the justice system, including as a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission.  In recognition of her contribution to the justice system, Dame Hazel was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000 and appointed DBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2006. In 2006 she was also appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 she was elected Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.

About the evening
UCL Laws alumni and UCL alumni now working in the legal profession have been meeting annually for the Bentham Association [formerly the Bentham Club] Presidential Address and Dinner since 1949. The evening includes a cocktail reception, the Presidential Address, and dinner. It is a great opportunity to catch up with your friends from UCL and have some fun. Please be sure to tell us when you book your place who you would like to sit with at dinner and we will do our best to incorporate that into the dinner plan.

All the 7s
This year we particularly welcome graduates from years ending in 8 who will be celebrating 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years since graduation from UCL. Do get in touch with Lisa Penfold if you would like to have an all the 8s reunion table at the dinner and need assistance with contacting friends from your year group.  

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South Cloisters
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM (GMT)

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