Trespasser Syndrome in a Profession Full of Privilege

Event date
22 November 2023
Event time
18:00 - 19:00
Oxford week
MT 7
Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College
Professor Leslie Thomas

Somerville College is delighted to welcome Professor Leslie Thomas KC for a special in-conversation event with Professorial Fellow in Law, Professor Iyiola Solanke. The event is titled ‘Trespasser Syndrome in a Profession Full of Privilege’ and will comprise an interview plus readings from Professor Thomas’ 2022 autobiography ‘Do Right and Fear No One.’


Professor Iyiola Solanke is a Professorial Fellow at Somerville and Jacques Delors Professor of European Union Law at the University of Oxford. Her research uses socio-legal, historical and comparative methodologies to focus on institutional change in relation to both law and organisations. She founded the Black Female Professors Forum in 2018 to promote visibility of women professors of colour, and the Temple Women’s Forum North to promote engagement between legal professionals and students in and around Yorkshire. She is the author of ‘EU Law’ (CUP 2022), ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law’ (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2017), as well as many articles in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Leslie Thomas KC s a leading advocate in claims against the police and other public authorities, in particular where there has been an abuse of state or corporate power. He has appeared in many high-profile cases representing the families of the deceased, including the Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquests, Grenfell Inquiry, Azelle Rodney, Mark Duggan, Christopher Alder, and Sean Rigg. In 2012, he was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year (LALY) and again in 2016 for his work on the Hillsborough disaster. He is currently instructed in the Covid-19 Public Inquiry.

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