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Robert Webster

Robert Webster

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 8, 2020

Robert Webster is an English barrister. Following his education in England and France, he was called to the bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was awarded both the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Scholarship and a Duke of Edinburgh Prize by his Inn. He began his career by serving as marshal (law clerk) to Sir Joseph Donaldson Cantley, O.B.E. – one of England’s most celebrated High Court judges.

He teaches business organizations, contracts, gifts, wills and trusts and contract drafting, analysis and negotiations.

Webster has combined practice with an academic career that began at London’s Inns of Court School of Law (now The City Law School) where he pioneered the school’s international outreach and was responsible for the introduction of specialist skills-training programs for aspirant barristers. He has taught and lectured worldwide and has contributed to textbooks on both criminal and civil litigation – having acquired considerable trial experience in both the criminal and civil arenas during his career.

He has advised an international clientele on matters relating to European Union Law and Media Law and has lectured extensively on international business negotiations, doing business in Europe, and the labyrinthine problems associated with Brexit.

He was named Professor of the Year four times by the students and alumni of Whittier Law School, where he spent a decade teaching a variety of domestic and international subjects while serving as the director of the school’s Center for International and Comparative Law and, thereafter, as its director of international development.

He has been a visiting professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and has taught at, among other institutions, the University of Salzburg, for its executive MBA program and Boston University School of Law's London-based Legal Institute.

He has extensive experience in designing and directing overseas programs devoted to entertainment law and media law, as well as advocacy and negotiations in co-operation with the legal communities in Austria, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

He remains a member of his London chambers. He is a regular contributor to the media on British and European affairs.


Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.


Ariela Gross
November, 2019

Ariela Gross has been elected as the new Chair of the Legal History Section of the American Association of Law Schools. 

Daniel Klerman
November, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Thomas D. Lyon
November, 2019

Thomas Lyon commented on Roseanna Sommers’, “Commonsense Consent,” at the 14th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College.