The Inception Lecture was begun in 2011 by Professor Mashood Baderin, the then Head of the School of Law. As its name suggests, the lecture is delivered at the beginning of the academic session. Our Inception Lecturers have mostly been former students, former staff members, or Honorary Degree holders of SOAS. The lecture series serves to inspire our students and contribute to public debate. The lecture is open to all new and returning students, academics, practitioners and the general public.