From Oscar Pistorius to Reality TV: the implications of using the courtroom as a television studio

Hosted by LSE Law and Birkbeck School of Law Project

Sheikh Zayed Theatre,


Lord Dyson

Ruth Herz

Dikgang Moseneke


Professor Linda Mulcahy

The Judicial Images Network Project was established in 2014 to bring together scholars and across disciplines and continents to explore issues surrounding the production, regulation and consumption of judicial images. Directed by Professors Leslie Moran and Linda Mulcahy this lecture is the final event in a series of three. The event will feature two speakers with extensive experience of the issues that arise from televised trials. The Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Dikgang Moseneke will discuss the experience of, and issues arising from, the televising of the trial of Oscar Pistorious. Ruth Herz will reflect on her experience as a judge who took part in a popular German courtroom based reality TV show. Chaired by the Master of the Rolls this event will examine the ethical implications of allowing cameras into courts and whether and how the presence of cameras impacts on the dynamics of the trial. 

Lord Dyson is the Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice.

Ruth Herz is a former judge in Cologne, author and for several years was presiding judge on German television programme Das Jugendgericht (Youth Court).

Dikgang Moseneke is the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. For participating in anti-apartheid activity he was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment all of which he served on Robben Island. In 1993 Moseneke served on the technical committee that drafted the interim constitution and in 1994 he was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, which conducted the first democratic elections in South Africa. Before his appointment as Justice of the Constitutional Court, in November 2001 Moseneke was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Pretoria. On 29 November 2002 he was appointed as judge in the Constitutional Court Court and in June 2005, Moseneke was appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa. 

Linda Mulcahy is Professor of Law at LSE and Director of LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and PhD Academy.

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