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Gus John leads Coventry University human rights conference

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY is to play host to international human rights experts at the second Coventry Legal Cinematic Review.

Book your places now to see Professor Roger Ward, Vice-President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore USA and recently appointed Visiting Professor at Coventry University Professor Gus John, in an analysis of cross-Atlantic Social Justice at Coventry University next week.

As the starting point for their review, Attorney-at-law Professor Ward and human rights expert Professor John will examine the landmark legal case of Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954), where a black family fought for their daughter's right to attend a 'whites only' school.

The case changed the course of history when the US Supreme Court found that school segregation was unlawful, thus helping to spark the American Civil Rights movement, and inspiring education reform everywhere, along with the legal means of challenging segregation in all areas of society.

With the world-renowned Queen’s Counsel Dr. Courtenay Griffiths as session chair, both Professor Ward and Professor John will look at how this equity-focused case could inform modern human rights law, particularly in light of the black experience of education in the UK and the implications of Brexit.

Organiser Terry Brathwaite, Postgraduate Course Director (LLM Law) at Coventry University’s School of Law said: "We are honoured to have Professor Ward, Professor John and Dr. Griffiths to address us on what is an extremely important topic. Equality and equity have to be at the top of every public agenda, not just in higher education but in all public spheres, and I am sure this review will help inform debate in all areas.

The event takes place on Thursday October 27 from 6pm to 7.30pm at Coventry University (Room ECG24, Engineering and Computing Building, Gulson Road).

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance online through

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