Ethics Policy Committee (EPC)

The Ethics Policy Committee is a committee of Council and is responsible for considering ethical issues at the School. The committee’s role is to oversee and monitor the Ethics Code and how the Code and the principles contained within it are embedded across the School. Through the Ethics Code members of the School community can see the values including integrity, responsibility and accountability, that the School is committed to and expect staff, students and governors to demonstrate. The Code is underpinned by School policies and procedures. 

The committee considers the procedures that underpin our ethical framework, cases that are referred to it for decision and ethical issues which might have policy implications for the School. The committee welcomes this opportunity to ensure that ethics are central to decision-making at the School. 

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Ethics Policy Committee are currently under review.



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Dr Susan Liautaud

Chair - Susan Liautaud is Founder of an international ethics consultancy working with organisations and leaders in business, government, academia and the non-profit sector. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (until July 2015) and Lecturer in Public Policy and in Law at Stanford (launching an innovative pair of courses called Ethics on the Edge). Previously she served as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs at Stanford Law School and as an international corporate and securities lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris.

Susan has a long history of non-profit board service, including most recently as Co-Chair of the US National Board of Advisors of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres since 2010, Vice Chair of the American Hospital of Paris Board of Governors, member of the French Ambassador to the UK’s Economic Trade Advisory Council, and trustee of Care International UK.

Susan is a grateful alumna of the LSE (PhD in Social Policy focusing on governance), as well as of Stanford University, Columbia University Law School and University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. Susan is Vice-Chair of LSE Court and Council.



Ms Gauri Kasbekar-Shah

Gauri Kasbekar-Shah read Law at the LSE and then went on to complete her LLM at the School as well. She started her career at Clifford Chance LLP, a leading global law firm, qualifying into the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group, and had the opportunity to work on cross-border transactions with a key focus on energy; this included a secondment to Brazil.



DR Wendi Momen M.B.E.

Dr Wendi Momen was a member of the Ethics Code Consultation Group, which facilitated the School-wide consultation from which the School’s first Ethics Code was drafted and approved by Council in June 2012. She also serves on the School’s Health and Safety Committee.


Eric Neumayer

Professor Eric Neumayer

Eric Neumayer is Professor of Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He currently serves the LSE as Pro-Director Faculty Development. He studied economics, political science and development studies in Germany and at the LSE. He has broad research interests, with main interests in environmental economics, international political economy and research methods. He has published widely in a range of journals across different social science disciplines and is the author or co-author of four books. 


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Lord Daniel Finklestein

Danny is the Associate Editor, a Columnist and Leader Writer for The Times. As well as his weekly political column in the comment section and his Saturday Notebook, he writes the “Fink Tank” for the Saturday paper, a statistical column on football. Between 1997 and 2001, he was chief policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. William Hague MP and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet. In 2001, he was Conservative parliamentary candidate in Harrow West.  Between 1995 and 1997, he was Director of the Conservative Research Department in which capacity he advised Prime Minister John Major and attended meetings of the Cabinet when it sat in political session. Danny was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the City University and joined the House of Lords in the autumn of 2013.


Simona Iammarino

Professor Simona Iammarino

Simona Lammarino is an academic member of the LSE Council. She is Professor of Economic Geography and currently Head of the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE (until summer 2017). She served on a number of School committees – Agenda Committee of the Academic Board, Promotion Committee, among others – and was also Deputy Head of Department before her current role of Head. Her main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; Regional and local economic development and policy.


Mahatir Pasha

Mahatir Pasha is the General Secretary of the LSE's Students Union this year and is the leading representative of students to the University.  He sits on a number of committees, including the Ethics Policy Committee.  Mahatir graduated from LSE this year (2014-17) with a BSc in Government and History.  He has been very active in student life throughout his three years as an undergraduate student and hopes to make the LSE Students Union a major part  of the experience for all LSE students, like it was for him.



Dr Katherine Rake O.B.E.

Dr Katherine Rake is a former student and lecturer at the LSE. She has extensive experience of UK policy making, research and governance of the charitable sector. Dr Rake is the Founding Director of totalpolicy.  Previous roles have included Chief Executive of Healthwatch England, Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute and the Fawcett Society and working with the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, HM Treasury and other Government departments.



Professor Terhi Rantanen

Terhi Rantanen is an academic member of the LSE Council. She is Professor of Global Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications. Since 2000 she have directed LSE’s oldest and largest double MSc programme in Global Media and Communications with the University of Southern California (USC). She also started and directed a similar double programme with Fudan University in 2007. She is Chair of LSE’s Graduate Studies Sub-Committee (GSSC) and Misconduct Panels (2012- to date). Her research interests include global media, especially news and (post-)communist media.


Ali Nikpay

Ali Nikpay

Ali Nikpay is currently a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, he served in a number of senior positions at the Office of Fair Trading, including as Senior Director for criminal enforcement, Senior Director for Merger Decisions and Senior Director for Policy. He was also a member of the authority's highest decision-making organ, its Executive Committee. Before the OFT, he served as a policy and legal advisor at the European Commission.

Ali has taught at the University of Oxford and was a Visiting Fellow at the LSE. He serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: "European Competition Law", "World Competition", "Antitrust Enforcement Review" and "Competition Law International". 


Dr Emmanuel Voyiakis

Dr Emmanuel Voyiakis

Emmanuel is an Associate Professor at the LSE Law Department, where he also serves as Department Tutor. He studied law in Greece and the UK (LLM, LSE, 2000; PhD, UCL, 2005), and he divides his research interests between the law of obligations and public international law.



Schedule of Meetings

November 2017
29 Wed 16:00 NAB.8.04 Ethics Policy Committee
February 2018
27 Tue 13:00 CON.7.05 Ethics Policy Committee AwayDay
March 2018
22 Thu 16:00 CON.7.05 Ethics Policy Committee
June 2018
12 Tue 16:00 CON.7.05 Ethics Policy Committee


Minutes for the Ethics Policy Committee will be uploaded here in future.