Disability, law and the media

2nd November 2015

News, Student news, Alumni news

A top line-up of panellists has been announced for the discussion of the portrayal of disability in the media following the 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship on Saturday 7 November.

Panellists will include the BBC's Disability Correspondent, Nikki Fox; Editor of Power 100 list of Britain's most influential people with a disability or impairment, Dom Hyams; CEO of Disability Rights UK, Liz Sayce OBE; and three times Paralympic gold medallist Giles Long MBE.

The discussion, Nothing About Us, Everything Without Us? The representation of disabled people in the UK media, will take place at 5pm, chaired by former Director of Public Prosecutions and Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC. This will also mark the beginning of UK Disability History Month, which this year focusses on the Portrayal of Disability in journalism and film.

This ‘conversazione’ (panel discussion) will begin at 5pm, following the 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship Grand Final which will take place at 3pm.

Twelve teams have been selected to take part in the mooting championship with preliminary rounds taking place on Friday 6 November. Organising committee member Marie Tidball commented: “The standard of entries was extremely high this year and we received many more applications than we could accommodate.”

During the Grand Final, in the Holywell Music Room, skilled law students will go head to head in a mock court case debating a legal problem about issues affecting persons with a disability. The talented finalists will showcase the challenges faced by academics and legal practitioners who work in this field.

The Grand Final will be judged by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, Professor Anne Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Anna Lawson, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds and Mr Ian Gatt QC, Head of the Advocacy Group at Herbert Smith Freehills. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear the reasoning of these senior judges and witness their interactions with contestants.

A limited number of free tickets are still available and can be booked here.

Members of the University of Oxford, invited guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final and panel discussion.

Event timetable

3.00pm - The Grand Final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship, Holywell Music Room, Wadham College.

4.15pm - Afternoon Tea in the Holywell Music Room, Wadham College.

4.45pm - Audience to take their seats

5.00pm - The Conversazione on the theme: Nothing About Us; Everything Without Us? The representation of disabled people in the UK Media, Holywell Music Room, Wadham College.
 
6.25pm - Announcement of Mooting Champions and Prize Giving
             
6.30pm - Event Ends
 
The Law Faculty and Organising Committee are grateful for the generous support and enthusiasm provided by Herbert Smith Freehills and their Disability Network, Ability.

  • Members of the 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Moot organising committee

    Members of the 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Moot organising committee. Left to right: Weiran Zhang (Jurisprudence, 2013), Rachel Clement (DPhil Law, 2014), Holly Anderson (Jurisprudence, 2013), Lindsay Lee (MSc Statistics, 2014), Marie Tidball, Chair of the Organising Committee (DPhil Law, 2011) and Luke Rostill (DPhil Law, 2011).