Lord Woolf recommended that an Ethics Code, Ethics Guidance and an Ethics Policy Committee

be put in place at the LSE in order to avoid other damning ethics scandals

from further harming the LSE’s reputation and financial position.

Given that one of the UK’s premier legal minds and ethical leaders made such a damning finding,

coupled with such a comprehensive recommendation for ethical rehabilitation,

an open research question is whether it would be possible

for the LSE to implement Lord Woolf’s far-reaching recommendations,

or would the LSE simply ignore his sage advice and once again find itself

embroiled in further damning ethics scandals even involving illegal activities?

Ongoing IISL Research on Forgery, Fraud, Embezzlement and IP Theft

and the largest lawsuits in the history of Higher Education

provides empirical evidence to this important theoretical question.

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The first Chair of the Lord Woolf-mandated Ethics Policy Committee (2012-2015) was

Dame Linda Dobbs, who like Lord Woolf is renowned for her ethical leadership.

In the largest LSE ethics scandal since the LSE Libya/Gadaffi affair

which resulted in the largest lawsuits in the history of Higher Education,

IISL research (involving data via the UK Information Commissioner’s Office) reveals that

Dame Dobbs was unethically prevented from receiving correspondence about

the aforementioned ethics scandal by the LSE’s most senior administrator, Andrew Webb

constituting a massive ethics breach and clear failure of the first test of the new Lord Woolf Inquiry.

Chairs of the (Lord Woolf-mandated) LSE Ethics Policy Committee

Since 2015, the second Chair of the Lord Woolf-mandated Ethics Policy Committee has been

Dr Susan Liautaud, who also serves as the Vice-Chair of the LSE Court of Governors.

Dr Liautaud is the Founder and Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited,

an ethics-based consultancyDr Liautaud is also responsible for The Ethics Incubator.

As of July 2017, @SusanLiautaud followed @IISLorg on Twitter.

Dr Liautaud, who is building her professional career on a platform of ethics and governance,

is now among the LSE’s senior leadership who therefore currently bears responsibility for

the largest lawsuits in the history of UK Higher Education.

IISL research (involving data via the UK Information Commissioner’s Office) reveals that

Dr Liautaud has been briefed on the aforementioned LSE ethics scandal and landmark lawsuits for more than one year, during which time, she has declined offers to try to resolve the disputes

which were made in continued attempts to avoid

significant reputational and financial damage to the LSE.

”Clarify the positive.  An example is...

the recent press coverage questioning the appropriateness of a major gift

to the London School of Economics some years ago

from a Libyan donor with suspected ties to the Gadaffi regime. 

Whatever the LSE’s decisions regarding leadership

(particularly the distinguished Howard Davies’ resignation)

or future governance/accountability improvements,

the extraordinary institution remains untouched in terms of academic excellence

and scholarly and practical contributions internally and externally.”

(Dr Susan Liautaud, Chair of the LSE Ethics Policy Committee, Governance/Accountability Crisis Management:

It’s Not All Relative, It’s Not About More Media Experts, and It’s Not a Zero Sum Game, 23 November 2011)

Note that Dr Liautaud made the above statement within days of the LSE

publishing the findings of the Lord Woolf Inquiry report.

It would not be possible to empirically prove, nor ethically honest to categorically state

within only days of the publishing of Lord Woolf’s damning findings into the LSE’s ethics scandal,

that “academic excellence and scholarly and practical contributions... remain untouched.”

In fact, IISL longitudinal research on the causes and consequences of the LSE’s unethical culture

reveals that some crucial metrics exhibited significant deterioration since the ethics scandal,

including teaching excellence and student satisfaction,

where the LSE plummeted to last place in the UK.

A Google search of “Susan Liautaud”, “LSE” and Lawsuit

cites this website as the top entry.

LSE’s (Lord Woolf-mandated) Ethics Code

On 3 March 2011, former Lord Chief Justice Woolf, renowned for his ethical leadership,

was selected to conduct a high-profile independent inquiry

into the LSE’s highly-publicised links with the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

The LSE “lost its moral compass...

...one of the most disgraceful episodes in academic history.”

[2017 UK Minister of State for Education

2018 Chair of the UK Education Select Committee]

“Take full responsibility for any errors.”

(Susan Liautaud, Chair of the LSE Ethics Policy Committee, Governance/Accountability Crisis Management:

It’s Not All Relative, It’s Not About More Media Experts, and It’s Not a Zero Sum Game, 23 November 2011)

“I am responsible for the School’s reputation, and that has suffered.”

(Former LSE Director, Howard Davies upon announcing his resignation after the LSE’s Libya-Gaddafi Scandal)

"Every member of the LSE community should behave honestly.

They should communicate truthfully and openly with each other.

”Every member of the School community is responsible for upholding the Ethics Code. Breaches of the Code may be treated as offences under the existing disciplinary mechanisms for staff.”

"Those in leadership positions have a particular responsibility to set an example in their conduct and to promote and support good ethical behaviour."

“Ask yourself how you would explain your actions if you had to justify them to close friends and family, or if they were on the front page of a newspaper. What would be the impact on your reputation, or that of the School?”

(LSE Ethics Code)

The Lord Woolf Inquiry

On 17 October 2011, Lord Woolf returned a “damning verdict” against the LSE where he noted

a “chapter of failures” in which the LSE’s management “falls at the first hurdle”,

had become known as the “Libyan School of Economics”.

Lord Woolf chronicled the following damning findings from his inquiry,

which was arguably one of the most definitive pieces of applied research into organisational ethics:

“a disconcerting number of failures in communication & governance within the School.”

“Errors of judgment go beyond those that could be expected

from an institution of the LSE’s distinction.”

“The pattern is such that I am driven to the central conclusion that there were shortcomings in the governance structure and management at the LSE.”

“It does not have an embedded code for dealing with ethics which everyone at the LSE knows they must comply.”

“The onslaught undoubtedly seriously damaged the LSE’s reputation.

It caused significant distress to staff, students and academics at the LSE.”

Concurrently, LSE Director Sir Howard Davies was forced to resign.

“Otherwise it becomes a clean-up act and... a headline that nobody wants to see.”

(Susan Liautaud, Chair of the LSE Ethics Policy Committee, “Ethics as a Strategic Solution”)

One month later, on 6 April 2011, former LSE Director, Howard Davies also resigned from

the Board of LSE Enterprise, the organisation at the centre of the Gaddafi/Libya scandal.

His resignation was followed shortly thereafter by the resignation of

Saul Estrin, the Head of the LSE Department of Management.

Within a year, Saul Estrin would be at the centre of

the largest lawsuits in the history of Higher Education.

The LSE’s Libya Connection is Only the Tip of the Iceberg:

The LSE has engaged in an unseemly scramble for funding

Head of the Department of Management

Saul Estrin

Lord Chief Justice Woolf

LSE Director

Sir Howard Davies


Chair of the LSE Ethics Policy Committee

Susan Liautaud

Former Chair of the LSE Ethics Policy Committee

Dame Linda Dobbs



1 March 2018:

The official website of the Lord Woolf Inquiry


has been unethically shut down by the LSE

in a desperate attempt to hide their reputation-destroying activities.

As one would expect from an unethical organisation,

unethical activities cover-up unethical activities.

Internal sources at the LSE reveal that this unethical act was done in

response to this IISL website reporting on the LSE’s unethical activities.