School of Law

Professor Oliver Lewis delivers inaugural lecture

10 November 2016 | Katie Hempshall

Professor Oliver Lewis gave his inaugural lecture at the School of Law on 3 November 2016. Entitled “Disabling Legal Barriers”, the lecture drew on his experience of litigation and advocacy in central and eastern Europe over the last fifteen years. Drawing on the themes of anguish, activism and argument, Oliver called on law students to become social justice activists, whatever area of law they go into. The text of the speech can be downloaded here. 

Head of School Professor Alastair Mullis commented “Oliver’s lecture powerfully demonstrated the important role that lawyers can play in improving the lived experience of people with mental disabilities. His call to action to lawyers, present and future, must be heeded. We look forward to building with him, through the education of our students, the development of our Centre for Law and Social Justice and the Disability Law Hub, and our public engagement, a powerful group of people committed to creating a more just and fair society.”

Watch Professor Oliver Lewis' inaugural lecture here.

After recently appointing a number of new Scholars, the School of Law is hosting a series of inaugural lectures to mark their arrival in Leeds.

The School has seen an exceptional growth over the past two academic years, appointing over 20 new academics including 8 new Chairs across its research Centres and groups.

The next lecture takes place on December 1 on “Joint Criminal Confusion” with Professor Elies van Sliedregt. Find out more about the event here.

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