Former Board Member Max Watson to be commemorated by inaugural Memorial Lecture next week

23 October 2015

Next week we are proud to inaugurate the Max Watson Memorial Lecture at Wolfson College, named in memory of our former Board Member and Research Fellow at Wolfson, who was an enthusiastic and much-valued contributor to all aspects of our work.
Max joined FLJS after his time working at Ireland’s Central Bank Commission, the Governing Body of Ireland’s Central Bank, where he helped steer the bank through the Eurozone banking and sovereign debt crisis that struck Ireland in October 2010. He was previously a senior British International Monetary Fund (IMF) official and Economic Adviser to the European Commission Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs.
During his time at FLJS, Max helped to establish our programme on Regulation, Regulators and the Cirsis of Law and Government, as part of which he made regular and typically insightful contributions from his experience in practice, including a lecture on how to save countries from economic crises, and a policy brief evaluating the idea of 'regulatory capture' in relation to the financial crisis of 2008, as well as numerous contributions to workshops on European integration and regulatory policy.
Max will be remembered for both his independent intellect and fun-loving spirit, attested to by his distinguished career in public service and his willingness to undertake challenges such as driving a vintage Rolls Royce rally car through Rajasthan. 
Memorial to Max Watson's life and work prior to his time at FLJS is available at the website of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme at St Antony's College, which he established during his time at Oxford.
The Max Watson Memorial Lecture, entitled Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship, will be delivered by Professor Eric Heinze of Queen Mary University London, at Wolfson College on Thursday 29 OctoberThe lecture will show why free expression must be safeguarded not primarily as an individual (‘liberal’) right, but as an essential attribute of democratic citizenship. 
To find out more and reserve your place, please visit the event webpage:
Max Watson Memorial Lecture: Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship