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Public Engagement and Knowledge Transfer

The School of Law is committed to the transformative potential of legal scholarship through engaging with members of the public, legal professionals and policy-makers with the aim of promoting social justice and challenging inequality and exclusion. The School’s public engagement work has addressed international, national and local policy actors as well as civil society organisations in order to tackle social injustice, human rights abuses engaging with issues of equality and diversity, criminal justice, education, and development policy.To this end the School has prioritised the following strategic objectives:

Legal Practice Work

The School is developing a critical legal practice strategy, commencing with the highly successful clinical programme run jointly with the River House Clinic on HIV/AIDS law, which was short-listed for the 2013 THES Awards for Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year. The River House Law Clinic provides legal advice in relation to housing and employment for people living with HIV/AIDS in London.

Public events

Law on Trial, an annual public/practitioner engagement event, was launched in 2010. This event comprises a week of public lectures, workshops, visual media and legal advice sessions themed around an area of expertise within the Law School. Its speakers and audiences include NGOs, charities, campaign groups, social enterprises, outreach services, media and legal practitioners. Past Law on Trial themes are listed here.

An Annual Law School public lecture has been run since 2011 hosting speakers such as Angela Davis and Peter Goodrich who discuss their work with audiences of practitioners, activists, students, alumni and academics. Over 800 were present for the lecture by Angela Davis.

Knowledge transfer in taught courses

Professor Leslie Moran has run a series of workshops on law and the judiciary which engage with his module on Judicial Studies; and Daniel Monk has been co-teaching the PGT Youth Justice module with the Howard League.