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Public Lecture: The Legitimacy of Global Social Indicators

Calendar Wednesday, 9 November 2016
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Speaker: Professor David Nelken (Kings College, London)

Abstract: In this lecture Professor Nelken will examine the legitimacy of Global Social Indicators that purport to rank comparatively matters as different as respect for the rule of law, corporate responsibility, financial trustworthiness- and the relative quality of universities! Often they are intended to have – and sometimes do have- important consequences for those being ranked. Does this make them law- like? Can they be regulated and should they be? How can those who audit us be made accountable?


Professor David Nelken is an influential writer on sociology of law and comparative criminal justice. Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Cardiff from 1995 till 2013, he is currently Professor of Comparative & Transnational Law in Context (and has just completed a term as Vice Dean and Head of Research) at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
Widely published, awards received and roles occupied include:
  • American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholar Award (1985)
  • Sellin-Glueck International award of the American Criminological Society (2009)
  • Podgorecki Distinguished senior scholar award from the International Sociological Association- for Sociology of Law (2011)
  • Law & Society Association, USA, International Scholar Award (2013)
  • Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences
  • SCOPUS advisory board- responsible for evaluating law journals worldwide