TORCH Fiction and Human Rights Network

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In Trinity Term the TORCH Fiction and Human Rights Network will host  lunchtime seminars on the topic of Storytelling and the Law. Each seminar will bring together scholars from the Faculty of English and the Faculty of Law to discuss the narrative qualities of a notable legal speech or judgment. Short presentations by the speakers will be followed by questions and discussion. Those who are interested may wish to read the short texts to be discussed in advance of the seminars (links below), though knowledge of the cases is not necessary. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

This seminar will discuss the judgment of Lord Justice Leveson in the case of Justine McNally v The Queen, a case framed by the court as an alleged sexual assault involving a "woman" purporting to be a "man". Our speakers from Law and English will be Rachel Clements (Law), Jonathan Herring (Law, Exeter), Emelia Quinn (English, Wolfson), and David Russell (English, Corpus Christi), with Michelle Kelly as chair.

The transcription of Leveson’s judgement is available here:


Fiction and Human Rights

Contact name: Michelle Kelly

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