As a follow on to last year’s successful ‘Humanity of Judging‘ event at the Supreme Court, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pleased to announce its ‘Humanity of Lawyers‘ event, as part of the second Being Human festival,  the national festival of the humanities.

It focuses on the work of barristers and is kindly being hosted by Inner Temple and with the support of the School of Advanced Study Public Engagement Innovators’ fund. Additionally, we will have mini-display of materials in the lobby at the IALS (17 Russell Square) from mid-November until the end of December.

The full details for the event at Inner Temple are below. It is free to attend, but booking is required. We have just released some more tickets but we do expect this event to book up. Please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite if you find you can’t attend after all, so we can release it to someone else.

The humanity of lawyers

Thursday 19 November | 18:00–20:00

Parliament Chamber at Inner Temple,
Inner Temple,

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Barristers carry out much of their work in public courtrooms, clearly identifiable in wig and gown, yet much of their professional lives and culture remain hidden from public view. This event seeks to explore how barristers perform their role.  How do they manage their own personal beliefs and emotions? What ethical considerations guide them? How do they balance their own humanity with the complexity of their task in representing others?

Through an evening discussion in the Parliament Chamber at Inner Temple, a public audience will be given an insight into barristers’ professional lives and an opportunity to engage with practitioners and scholars who study them.

Joining us for this discussion:

  • Mavis Maclean CBE, Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple
  • Professor Andy Boon, professor in law at City Law School, City University London
  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Martin Forde QC, barrister, One Crown Office Row

Chair: Atalanta Goulandris, PhD researcher, Department of Sociology, City University London

Additionally, the evening will feature a special video contribution from Dr Justine Rogers, lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia, whose research considers lawyers’ identities and wellbeing, legal ethics and ethical decision-making, and the changes to the legal professions. The discussion is followed by a wine reception.

A small exhibition of library materials in the lobby of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies will complement this event.

Free Admission | Booking required
Part of the School of Advanced Study’s ‘Hidden and Revealed’ series of events