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Law on Trial 2018: Professor Daniel Monk Inaugural Lecture

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School Dress Codes: in Whose Best Interests?

Stories about pupils challenging school dress codes frequently appear in the media. In these stories pupils are disciplined, and sometimes excluded, for wearing types of clothing and jewellery and for covering, cutting or styling their hair in ways that contravene school policies. Few disputes reach the courts, but when they do judges are confronted by and have to balance competing individual and collective rights and interests.

Professor Daniel Monk’s inaugural lecture will put school dress codes under the spotlight. It will argue that the stories have much to tell us about contemporary understandings of childhood and children’s rights and that disputes about school dress codes go to heart of complex political and cultural fault-lines about religion, sexuality, gender and social class.

The response will be from Professor Laura Lundy, Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University, Belfast and Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Children’s Rights

This event is part of the School of Law, Birkbeck's annual Law on Trial series. Find out more here.

This event is free however booking is required via this page.

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This event is part of the School of Law's 25th Anniversary celebrations. The School of Law, Birkbeck was founded in 1992 as a Department of Law with three members of academic staff. Over the last twenty-five years it has become a School comprising the Departments of Law and Criminology as well as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, four research Centres, 40 members of staff and an overall student body of over 1,000. The School is proud of being a pioneer in establishing and developing a hub for the field of critical legal studies. While our national and international reputation has been forged through critical legal research, more recently we have gained recognition for critical criminological and activist research, socio-legal scholarship and policy-engaged empirical research. In recognition of this the last Research Excellence Framework exercise ranked us as being in the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

In this our 25th Anniversary year we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and successes as well as looking forward to the opportunities and challenges facing critical legal and criminological teaching and scholarship in the 21st century. Find out more about the 25th Anniversary celebrations here.

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