THE legal and ethical roles of those in uniformed public service were put under the spotlight at the University of Chester’s annual law lecture.
John Gardner, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, was the guest lecturer for this year’s event, which was hosted by Chester Law School at the institution’s Chester campus.
His lecture, entitled The Electrician’s Tale, opened with the story of the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and considered issues of law and morality surrounding the responsibilities of those in uniformed public service.
Now in its third year, the annual law lectures have attracted an impressive calibre of speakers, with Lord Justice Maurice Kay addressing last year’s event, and the Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond – the only female judge in the Supreme Court.
Professor Roger Kay, Head of Law at the university, said: “It was a great privilege to welcome Professor Gardner to the university.
“His talk touched upon the concept of ‘criminals in uniform’. By exploring some of the more divisive issues surrounding the Menezes case he raised some very interesting legal and moral questions.”