Please join us for the launch of a new report that raises urgent questions about racial
attitudes, procedures and practices in the English and Welsh justice system focusing
on judicial office holders.
In 2020 the Lord Chief Justice launched the Judicial Diversity & Inclusion Strategy at a
time of raised public concern about the treatment of Black and other ethnic minority
people in the justice system. This report assesses the terms of the strategy and draws
on findings from a new survey of legal professionals.
Researchers found a profound disparity between the conclusions of the 5-year strategy
that the justice system is basically fair and that there has been progress in diversity and
inclusion versus the widespread views and experiences of the legal professionals
surveyed that racial bias plays a significant role in the justice system.
During this 90-minute session, we will share our findings and welcome feedback
from the audience
Keir Monteith KC – Garden Court Chambers; University of Manchester Simon Fellow
Professor Leslie Thomas KC – Garden Court Chambers; Gresham College
Professor Eithne Quinn – Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury – Presidential Fellow, Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity,
University of Manchester
Professor Andrea Dennis – John Byrd Martin Chair of Law, University of Georgia
Stephanie Needleman, Legal Director and Lawyer, JUSTICE
Please note that the event is online, free and open to all, but booking is essential
The report is the product of a Simon Industrial & Professional Fellowship in the Faculty of
Humanities at the University of Manchester and grows out of a research fellowship from
the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
The event is sponsored by The University of Manchester; Garden Court Chambers; and
the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).