News - 2015.11.19 - Lord Macdonald announce

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2 December 2015: Lord Macdonald to deliver a British Ukrainian Society lecture in London

Event announcement

Following the successful launch of a new British Ukrainian Society series of lectures on bilateral relations at the UK Parliament in London by Sir Gerald Howarth MP on 26 October, the second lecture in the series will be delivered by Lord Macdonald on 2 December.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions in England and Wales, Lord Macdonald was appointed to lead the Rule of Law work stream at the Agency for the Modernisation of Ukraine in March 2015 to help the country reform its law enforcement system as an essential foundation to its development as a democratic state.

In that capacity, Lord Macdonald visited Ukraine on a number of occasions, holding roundtable discussions with judges, advocates and other legal specialists about the challenges facing Ukraine’s judiciary. He also visited law enforcement institutions in a number of regions of the country to get even deeper insights into these issues.

This helped Lord Macdonald to formulate proposals for reforms that not only promise a more stable democratic future for Ukraine, and greater legitimacy for some of its major institutions, but which are also capable of early implementation. This document is available for download here.

Lord Macdonald will deliver his lecture on 2 December 2015 at 7pm in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster SW1A 2LW. Spaces are limited. To attend, and for other enquiries, please RSVP to the London Secretariat of the British Ukrainian Society at

This two-year British Ukrainian Society series of lectures in the spheres of politics and culture is run in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine. It aims to give anyone interested in Ukrainian affairs an opportunity to hear from British and Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, authors, artists and experts from various professions who are in some way involved in noteworthy work relating to Ukraine.

The lectures are held approximately every two months in London at Portcullis House where the offices of British Members of Parliament and their staff are located. Each lecture offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, and networking receptions are also planned in the future.

The British Ukrainian Society is actively seeking sponsors to support this lecture series. Sponsors will be recognised throughout the two years in a number of ways including during introductory remarks, in advertising and banners, on the BUS website and on its social networking pages. It will also be possible for sponsors to bring promotional materials to the events.

Speaker profile

Baron Macdonald of River Glaven QC is a Member of the House of Lords and Deputy High Court Judge.

Ken Macdonald QC has practised at the Bar since 1978. A founder member of Matrix Chambers, he was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2001 and elected Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association in 2003. He served as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) between 2003-2008, the first prominent defence lawyer to have been appointed to that post.

As DPP, Ken Macdonald established the Counter Terrorism Division, the Organised Crime Division, the Special Crime Division and the Fraud Division. He played a major role across Whitehall in the development of criminal justice policy, especially in relation to international treaties and jurisdictional issues, mutual legal assistance, extradition, terrorism and grave cross border crime.

Ken Macdonald became a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2004, and he was knighted for services to the law in 2007. Appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010, he entered the House of Lords in the same year.

Lord Macdonald’s practice ranges from business and corporate crime and associated extraditions, to financial regulation, sanctions busting, terrorism, espionage and human rights law. His clients have included international media organisations, prominent British banks, major foreign defence corporations, and many family offices and private individuals. He has a special interest in emerging international criminal liabilities.

Lord Macdonald was a Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics in 2009-2012 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. In 2012, he became Warden of Wadham College, University of Oxford.

In March 2015, Lord Macdonald was appointed to lead the Rule of Law work stream at the Agency for the Modernisation of Ukraine, and subsequently developed a set of proposals to help the country reform its law enforcement system.