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Robin Lister

PositionSenior Lecturer in Law
LocationUniversity of Bradford School of Law
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire
DepartmentSchool of Law
Telephone01274 236781

Research Interests (key words only)

Property Law, Law and Literature, Access to Justice

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Robin teaches a number of subjects on the LLB. He has previously taught widely at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and developed new modules in English Legal History and in Law and Literature. He has also delivered CPD to the legal profession.

Module Leader for Land Law and a number of other modules on the LLB and for Global Questions in Legal Theory on the LLM.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dissertation Co-ordinator
  • Personal Academic Tutor


Robin graduated from the University of Oxford in 1976 with a first in English. He worked in publishing and as a children's author before passing the Common Professional Examination in 1991 and Law Society Finals in 1992. From 1993 he was in a full-time academic post at Leeds Law School until joining Bradford University in 2006.

Study History

BA in English (Oxon), CPE, LSF

Current Projects

Clinic-based action research project with K Dutton and I Miller.


  • External examinerships
  • Member of the Association of Law Teachers
  • Member of the Authors' Licensing and Collection Society



(2016) K Dutton, I Miller, R Lister, ‘Legal services in the post legal aid era: a proposal for multi-agency collaboration and research co-ordinated by law schools’, Conference presentation, ALT annual conference, 20 March 2016; 
(2014) ‘Legalism, ethics and the limits of the law’, SOM ethics and CSR seminar presentation, 8 October 2014; 
(2014) ‘Leave to Remain’ Q&A, after public screening, with director Bruce Goodison at the National Media Museum as part of Refugee Week and Bradford Law Centre’s 30th Anniversary ; 
(2013) ’Cricket, Law and Literature’, Newcastle University Law and Literature Seminar Series;
(2011) ‘Reading Law as Literature: Cases for Conversation’, in Law and Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, Justice, ed. Oren Ben-Dor, Routledge-Cavendish, (Book Chapter)
(2009) ‘Estates, Identity & the Novel: From Real Property to Personal Identity in Tom Jones and Middlemarch’, 9(4) Contemporary Issues in Law 273-293 (Journal Article)
(2007) 'A Review of The Gothic and the Rule of Law, 1764-1820 by Sue Chaplin (2007)', 1(2) Law and Humanities 239-247 (Review Article);
(2007) 'The Intentional Fallacy: Stack v Dowden' 41(3), The Law Teacher 350-362 (Case Comment);
Conference papers
(2010) ‘Reading Law as Literature: Cases for Conversation’, Law and Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, Justice, Tate Modern, London, 23 March
(2008) ‘Estates, Identity & the Novel: From Real Property to Personal Attributes in Tom Jones and Middlemarch’, Socio-Legal Studies Association, London, 5 November
(2008) ‘Property, Identity and the Novel: Where Were the Lawyers?’, Socio-Legal Studies Association, Manchester, 19 March
(2007) 'Law and Literature and the LLB: An Apology for Poetry in the Undergraduate Law Curriculum', LILAC (UKCLE), Warwick, 4 January
(2007) 'Stack v Dowden: Just not fair? Another chapter in the Gissing saga', Society of Legal Scholars, Durham, 13 September


Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Trustee, Bradford Law Centre, 2011-2016
  • Trustee, Citizens Advice Bradford & Airedale and Bradford Law Centre

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