Rob Wilks


  • University of South Wales

    CF24 1DL Pontypridd

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

  • BSL/English Interpreting in the legal system
  • Criminal justice for Deaf people
  • Critical disability theory
  • Deaf Legal Theory
  • Deaf people and the legal system
  • Employee status
  • Equality
  • Legal ethics
  • Sign language recognition
  • Teaching through BSL
  • Theories of equality
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Teaching interests

Course Leader:

  • Legal Practice Course
  • LLM Legal Practice

Legal Advice Clinic Supervisor

Module Leader:

  • Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics (LLB Law)
  • Employment Law (LLB Law)
  • Equality Law (LLB Law)
  • Equality, Rights and Society (LLM Laws)
  • Government, Politics and the Law (CertHE Legal Studies)
  • International Human Rights Law (MSc Global Governance, LLM)
  • Law in Context (Foundation Year)
  • Legal Practice Research Project (LLM Legal Practice)
  • Research Methods (LLM Laws)
  • Skills for Legal Practice (LPC)


Originally from Newport, I am a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user and teach through the medium of BSL.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in History, and commenced my legal training by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2002 and the Legal Practice Course in 2003. I qualified as a solicitor in 2007 following a secondment to South West London Law Centres and Hugh James Solicitors whilst employed by the Royal Association for Deaf people.

On an academic level, I achieved a LLM with Distinction in Law of Employment Relations with the University of Leicester in 2007 and was awarded a doctorate in 2020 by the University of Leicester exploring whether equality law is working for Deaf people and whether sign language recognition will achieve transformative equality.

My specialist area of law is Equality Law and Employment Law, and I am module leader for these optional modules on the LLB programmes.


  • Disability discrimination
  • Equality law
  • Sign language recognition
  • Employment law
  • Legal ethics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Leicester

Sep 2014Jan 2020

Award Date: 30 Jan 2020

PG Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of South Wales


LLM Law of Employment Relations , University of Leicester


PG Diploma Legal Practice (LPC) , Cardiff University


PG Diploma Law (GDL), University of the West of England, Bristol


BA (Hons) History, Swansea University



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