UCL Faculty of Laws


Hybrid | A Short History of Judicial Diversity

19 January 2023, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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This lecture will be delivered by Professor Erika Rackley, as part of the Current Legal Problems Lecture Series 2022-23

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Speaker: Prof. Erika Rackley (University of Kent)
Chair: Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE (Former President of the Supreme Court, UK)

About the Lecture

Judicial diversity has for some time now been a priority without priority. While few would argue, openly at least, against a more diverse judiciary in principle, there is still some way to go to make it a reality. Yet, despite the slow rate of progress, reigniting conversations about diversity may seem unwise in the current political moment, raising the question of whether those seeking to achieve a truly diverse judiciary have anywhere (new) to go.

This lecture brings the insights of feminist legal history to bear on arguments for judicial diversity. Beginning with women’s formal entry into the legal profession in 1919, it explores a centenary of arguments for diversity. It suggests that these arguments continue to matter because they offer a way out of the impasse and, in turn, a reason to keep talking about judicial diversity.

About the Speaker

Erika Rackley is a Professor of Law at Kent Law School. She researches in the broad fields of judicial studies, law and gender, criminal law and legal history. She is author of Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity (Routledge, 2013) and, more recently, co-editor of Women’s Legal Landmarks: A Celebration of the History of Women and Law (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Justice for Everyone: The Jurisprudence and Legal Lives of Brenda Hale (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

About Current Legal Problems

The Current Legal Problems (CLP) lecture series and annual volume was established over fifty five years ago at the Faculty of Laws, University College London and is recognised as a major reference point for legal scholarship.

Hybrid Format

This seminar will be held as hybrid event and will allow a in-person audience (at UCL Laws, Bentham House) as well as a online audience. If you secure a place in-person but fall sick or are no longer able to attend do contact us at laws-event@ucl.ac.uk and we can transfer your ticket for an online one.

For our virtual audience this seminar will be delivered online. Cameras and microphones will be turned off however questions can be put forward to the panel using the Q&A function. You will receive your joining link 48 hours, 2 hours and 10 minutes before the event. Contact the Laws Events team (laws-events@ucl.ac.uk) if you have not received the link.

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