Lord John Roper gave a speech at the Maurer School of Law on April 13, 2010, entitled "International Financial Security." The talk was the first in the Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture Series and was presented by the Indiana University Center for Global Change and West European Studies Center.
Lord Roper is chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Development Staff and an active member of the House of Lords, where he heads the Committee on the European Union. He attended Oxford University and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Keeping the Peace in the Post-Cold War Era and Defending Democracy. He taught economics at the University of Manchester before becoming involved in politics and began his political career by serving as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons from 1970 until 1983. He was the Chief Whip of the Social Democrat party from 1981 until 1983. In 2000 he was granted a life peerage (a title that need not be hereditary) as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster, and consequently served as the Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords from 2001 until 2005. In 2005, Lord Roper became a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a group of advisors (comprised mainly of senior politicians) to the queen. Lord Roper also served as director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies from 1990 to 1995.