Lecture Series: Race, Colonialism and Power in the Legal System

2 December 2021 - 26 May 2022

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Professor Leslie Thomas QC of Gresham College examines the role of the legal system.

Historically, law has been designed to serve the interests of the powerful and privileged. At its worst, the legal system can be a cynical facade for violent repression. But law can also be a vital tool in the hands of the oppressed, and a means of fighting back.

This lecture series will explore the dynamics of race, class and power in the legal systems of the UK and the Commonwealth Caribbean, how those systems have been shaped by the legacy of colonialism, and how the legal system plays a dual role as an instrument of oppression and as a means for the oppressed to defend themselves.

Dates and times

  • 2 December 2021, 6pm
  • 3 February 2022, 6pm
  • 10 March 2022, 6pm
  • 7 April 2022, 6pm
  • 26 May 2022, 6pm

How to take part

The lectures are livestreamed and available to watch afterwards. To register for the livestream, visit Gresham College's website.