Minister of State Lord Howell to give public lecture on ‘The Commonwealth – a global network for the 21st century’, 9 March 2011

Thursday 3 March 2011

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies - a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study - will host a public lecture by the Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford on Wednesday 9 March 2011.

Lord Howell’s lecture, on ‘The Commonwealth – a global network for the 21st century’ will be the first major speech in the UK by a government minister on the Coalition's attitude to the Commonwealth.

Lord Howell is Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and deputy leader of the Conservative party in the House of Lords. He has previously held the positions of Secretary of State for Energy and Secretary of State for Transport and is one of the few Cabinet ministers from the 1979-1997 Conservative governments to still hold high office in the party.

Lord Howell will be introduced by Daisy Cooper, the Director of the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit. His speech will be the inaugural Peter Lyon Memorial Lecture.

Lord Howell’s public lecture on ‘The Commonwealth – a global network for the 21st century’ will take place on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at 6.00pm in the Senate Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Media interested in attending should contact Troy Rutt at or 0207 862 8853.

Notes for Editors:

1. For further information about the event and/or to register to attend (free) please contact Troy Rutt at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at or 020 7862 8853.

2. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Founded in 1949, its purpose is to promote interdisciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the fields of history, politics and other social sciences. Its areas of specialism include international development, governance, human rights, north-south relations and conflict and security. It is also home to the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

3. The Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU) is an integral part of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. A unique think-tank established in 1999, it generates ideas and stimulates debate about the Commonwealth and its member states.

4. Dr Peter Lyon, OBE, was a renowned expert on Commonwealth affairs. He served as Academic Secretary at the ICwS from 1969 until his retirement in 1995, and held the title of Reader in International Relations. He died in October 2010.

5. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.