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Why Stormtroopers need a trade union - law and human rights in Star Wars

Watch law lecturer Barry Harwood discuss justice and employment in the film franchise

Barry Harwood, a Senior Lecturer in Law and practising barrister

Barry Harwood, a Senior Lecturer in Law and practising barrister

Barry Harwood, a Senior Lecturer in Law and a Star Wars fan, considers the role of good and evil, human rights, the law and employment in a comparison between what we see in the movies and what life in like on Earth.

In two short videos, practising barrister Barry discusses issues like torture, policing and ethnic cleansing in a universe where a battle is being played out between the Rebellion and the Empire and little regard is given to the rules.

See the other videos and features in the series of academic commentaries on the blockbuster film franchise to coincide with the release of the latest instalment.

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