Representations of Diversity and the Law in Film

The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity will be running a 2 hour seminar looking at representations of diversity and the law in film on the 7th May 2014. The seminar will be led by Professor Peter Robson.

Link to Representations of Diversity and the Law in Film  event
Wednesday, 7th May, 2014
Law School, 67 Liverpool Road, Chester

Seminar Speakers:

Wendy Steel:  Following a history degree in 1980 at the University of Nottingham, Wendy entered the Civil Service and worked in various departments in many locations for the next 15 years. Since September 2007 Wendy has led undergraduate modules on European Union Law, Intellectual Property and Company Law modules. Wendy is also Programme Leader for the University of Chester Masters in Contemporary Legal Studies in which she leads a module on Film and the Law.  Her research interests are diverse and include Company Law,  intellectual Property and Law and Film. She is currently writing a textbook on Company Law. 

Professor Peter Robson:  Peter has taught a wide range of topics over the years ranging from Sociology of Law and Legal Theory to Discrimination Law and Disability Law in which he has published. From his teaching of Property and Jurisprudence he has developed a national and international reputation writing and researching in two principal fields of scholarship - Law and Popular  Culture and Housing/Poverty.

He has recently been examining the study of images of law in popular culture and expanding his concerns on the methodology of cultural studies into an essay for the International Journal of the Semiotics of Law. The 2nd edition of the acclaimed Film and the Law book appeared in October 2010 from the prestigious publishers, Hart & Co.

He is also working and lecturing with the Images of Justice Research Network to analyse the development of film outwith the United States. In June 2009, this involved addressing an audience in Palermo in Italian on the image of the Mafia in film - L’imaggine della mafia sullo schermo - eroi o criminali?.

His current work focuses on television and examines the constraints on writers and producers of TV lawyer shows and has involved interviewing those involved in the production process. In addition to his own writing and research, has co-edited with Jessica Silbey a collection of essays focusing on the methodology of cultural scholarship entitled Law and Justice on the Small Screen to which the other leading scholars in the area are contributing.

Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity:  The University of Chester Law School has launched a new inter-disciplinary Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity. This Forum focusses on and specialises in research and knowledge transfer activities in the area of diversity and equality across a range of disciplines. The Forum provides a much needed knowledge transfer resource for local voluntary organisations, lawyers, HR practitioners, academics and businesses across the North West and beyond.

During 2014, the Forum will be working with recognised experts to present a series of 2 hour long CPD accredited events on issues relating to equality and diversity. For further details of
these events see the Forum website at