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Thursday 30 November 2023
Online, 6.00pm - 7.00pm UK time
Dr Robert Wilks
Exposing equality law as it relates to Deaf people: developing Deaf Legal Theory
Bryan and Emery (2014) argue that for 'Deaf jurisprudence' to develop, the current underpinnings of law that are based on incomplete assumptions need to be exposed and to do so, Deaf Legal Theory needs to be applied to particular aspects of the law. In the process, the law's incomplete assumptions of Deaf people will be exposed. This talk aims to demonstrate how alumnus Robert Wilks' doctoral thesis (2020) at the University of Leicester fits under the Deaf Legal Theory umbrella and is an exposé of equality law as it relates to Deaf people.
By attending this event, you will benefit by learning a new field in legal jurisprudence and having a newfound awareness of the issues that Deaf people face in 21st-century Britain.
Learn more about our speaker, alumnus Robert Wilks (Law PhD, 2020)
Originally from Newport, alumnus Dr Robert Wilks (Law PhD, 2020) is a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user and teaches through the medium of BSL.
With a BA (Hons) degree in History, Robert commenced his legal training by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2002 and the Legal Practice Course in 2003. He then went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2007 following a secondment to South West London Law Centers and Hugh James Solicitors whilst employed by the Royal Association for Deaf people. Robert is currently a Lecturer in Professional Law at Cardiff University after teaching at the University of South Wales for eight years.
On an academic level, he achieved an LLM with Distinction in Law of Employment Relations with the University of Leicester in 2007 and was awarded a doctorate in 2020 by the University of Leicester, exploring whether equality law is working for Deaf people and whether sign language recognition will achieve transformative equality. Robert's specialist area of law is Equality Law and Employment Law, and his current research interests are the impact of sign language recognition, deaf education, disability discrimination and equality law and developing Deaf Legal Theory.
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