Lord Woolf Inquiry Published

The Council of LSE published the Lord Woolf Inquiry into LSE links with Libya. It also announced the results of an inquiry by the University of London into alleged academic misconduct by Saif Gaddafi.

The Woolf Inquiry was initiated on March 3, 2011 following criticism of LSE’s links to Libya and the resignation of the Director, Sir Howard Davies. The terms of the Inquiry were as follows:

An independent inquiry to establish the full facts of the School’s links with Libya, whether there have been errors made, and to establish clear guidelines for international donations to and links with the School. Lord Woolf is to make recommendations to the LSE Council as soon as possible. He is to have total discretion as to how he conducts the inquiry, and as to the matters on which he is to report.

A November 30 a letter from Professor Judith Rees, LSE Director, to alumni said, "Lord Woolf has made 15 recommendations and we will implement them."  

At the same time, the academic integrity of Saif Gaddafi’s PhD was referred to the University of London under the Procedure for Consideration of Allegations of Irregularity in Relation to University of London Awards. The Gaddafi PhD was awarded by the UoL before degree awarding powers were transferred to LSE, and had to be assessed carefully in accordance with UoL procedures.

The following information can be found on the LSE website at:  http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/woolf/home.aspx

  • The 188 page pdf report from the Woolf Inquiry 
  • Video interview with Judith Rees, LSE Director
  • Previous statements on LSE and Libya
  • Link to University of London for news on Saif Gaddafi's PhD

You can also find the report on the Woolf Inquiry website is at:  http://www.woolflse.com/